India triumph in Kohlman Nations Cup
Dubai :Team India produced a superb performance to win the annual Kohlman Nations Cup, beating an equally impressive Canada team on a countback at the Emirates Golf Club on Friday.
In a closely-fought contest, the Indian team carded a sizzling 80 points to match the scores of the Canadian team, but clinched the issue on a countback. The Indian team's triumph was largely due to a superb 47-point tally from the pairing of Ashish Nanda and Burhan Mohammad while Achal Ghai and Vipen Sethi signed for 33 points.
For Canada, Mike Tracey and Bryan Wilson combined effectively including a trio of birdies on the back nine to record 44 points. Rod Smith and Mark Yanchus contributed a level-par 36 points, resulting in the 80-point Canadian tally and runners-up position.
The next three placings all carded 79 points, with India once more well represented. The team of Pravesh Jethwani, Kavit Handa, Kish Bandopadhyay and Keith Fernandez claimed third place.
Finland, represented by Pentti Korjonen, Petri Pentti, Pentti Tahvanainen and Jari Kolgonen finished a respectable fourth with India-5 consisting of Sanjeev Gheewala, Tarun Khanna, Gurbax Singh and Martin Tscheiner settled for fifth place. Jordan finished sixth out of the 32 teams with a 77-point tally, representing their nation admirably were Jatinder Chopra, Alan Salem, Rami Safadi and Rami Sfeila.
As tradition dictates in the Kohlman Nations Cup, there are always three sponsors' teams and this year the star golfing guest was singer Haddaway. A single figure handicapper, Haddaway teamed up well with his wife Rosi, Sandeep Singh and Viren Varma to post a winning 82 point total. Organised by Moshe Kohli, the future club captain, popular tournament attracted 128 players representing 13 countries. The Indian Consul General Sanjay Verma was the guest of honour.