The VIZAGAPATAM CHAMBER of COMMERCE & INDUSTRY, (VCCI) turned 90! To commemorate this important milestone, VCCI has associated with East Point Golf club who recently got A category status from Indian Golf Union to conduct a Tournament. VCCI has instituted a GOLF CUP called The` VIZAGAPATAM CHAMBER of COMMERCE CUP`. The tournament was played for two days 20th & 21st March. Few players from Bhubaneswar and Hyderabad were invited to play in the East Point Golf Club(EPGC).
The newly renovated golf course is now classified to be a category ‘A’ golf course by the Indian Golf Union. (IGU) The IGU is the apex body of Golf in the country and all golf courses across India are under its jurisdiction. EPGC committee readily agreed to conduct the golf tournament when VCCI decided to sponsor the golf cup and extended their support in all the activities.
The Chief Guest for the Inaugural Tournament was Lt. Gen. Anbu Devraj, who took over as the President of the Indian Golf Union(IGU) in December 2020. He said that EPGC is one of the best Golf courses in India. He said that this is his first official visit to any golf club after he took over the President of IGU. Gen Anbu has served as Vice Chief of Army staff before taking up this assignment with IGU.
Chief Guest said that he is very happy to know that EPGC is the first Golf course that was defined and developed indigenously with locally available plants and all other material. He expressed that he is delighted about the way it has been designed and he appreciated the idea of water conservation. He said that IGU is planning to take golf to the grassroot level and start the spread of the sport to private and Government schools level. He explained that IGU works with all the golfers and golf clubs to achieve this. Chief Guest appreciated VCCI for its impeccable service to the business community and also for sponsoring the Golf tournament as a part of its celebration.
Dr.Dilip Tirky, Chairman of Odisha Tourism and a renowned hockey player was the Guest of honour of the golf tournament. Dr.Dilip has been awarded Padmasri, Arjuna and Eklavya awards for his valuable contribution to the sport. Dr.Dilip thanked VCCI for inviting him to play golf and also appreciated the new golf course.
As part of the tournament, the VCCI conducted competitions for gold and silver categories. 160 players participated in the tournament. The following are the winners of the two categories: Gold winner: Mr. Murali, Silver winner: Mr. Ravikumar and the overall winner was Mr.Mathew Thomas. Ladies Putting was also conducted by the Women’s Wing of VCCI. 1st prize was won by Mrs.Afreen, 2nd prize by Mrs. Sandhya Godey and the Runner up was Mrs. Shilpa.
VCCI President Mr. Veeramohan said that VCCI is in the service of the local industry and business for the last 90 years and took every opportunity to promote Vizag across India and the world. He also said that this is the first Golf course of international standard in Andhra Pradesh. This facility will attract many foreign companies to select Vizag as their business destination. He also said that golf tourism got good potential and with this newly upgraded golf course Vizag will be on the Golf tourism map.
VCCI women’s wing president Mrs. Hema and Secretary Mrs. Sandhya conducted the prize distribution ceremony and VCCI Secretary Mr. Ravi Godey proposed the vote of thanks. Visakhapatnam Container Terminal Private Limited (VCTPL) was the major sponsor for the Golf Tournament.