REPORT ON 2011 GOLF ANNUAL DAY LUNCHEON

G.O.A.-NSW GOLF CLUB

The 2011 Golf Annual Day Luncheon was held on Sunday 22nd January 2012 at Mother India Restaurant, Middle Dural, NSW to award the winners of the 2011 Golf season. This was the 24th year of operation of the Golf wing. The event was well attended by all the Golfers, GOA members and their wives and families. Dr Yadu Singh, pre-eminent cardiologist form Sydney and President of the Council of Indian Australians was the Guest of honor. Mr. Subba Rao Verigonda, President of the Telugu Association of Sydney and Executive committee member of the Council of Indian Australians was a special invitee to the function.

All members and guests converged on the venue at Mother India at 12.00noon and after the customary Meet & Greet and exchange of pleasantries; G.O.A. Sports Director Roy Do Rosario accorded a warm welcome to the audience. In his Welcome address Roy narrated various sports initiatives of GOA-NSW in the past and though the organization of other sporting events was inconsistent, the Golf wing had consistently maintained the tradition and organized the Golf league every year.

2011 Golf Captain Alwyn Henriques in his address mentioned it was a pleasure to serve the Golf wing as Captain for 3 consecutive years. He stated that GOA-NSW is the only Indian association in Australia to run a Golf League for its members and it is a remarkable achievement for GOA-Golf Wing to have the golf league for the 24th year in succession. He also drew the connection of Goans with Golf as they moved out of Goa to Africa, Europe, Americas & Australia and how that was instrumental in starting the Golf league in Sydney in 1987 by the founding members of GOA-Golf. Three of the founding members Tony Vaz, Dr George Dias & Reg Mathais were present at the luncheon and he thanked them and all the other founding members for their initiative. Alwyn said that GOA Golf wing will continue to serve as a platform to focus on bonding the Goan golfing community, creating an awareness for this grand sport, organizing golfing events that engage the families such as Putting Comp cum Picnic and also encourage new Golfers from within the Goan community to join the Golf League. He mentioned in 2011 season, 7 new golfers participated in the League including young and budding Goan Golf talent Patrick Ferris and Lina D’Silva who became the first lady to play in the history of the Golf League.

Dr Yadu Singh our Guest of Honor gave away the Following prizes to the winners

1. Nett Champion: Carl D’Silva, -6@woodville, Par@Camden, -4@Dunhaved,
-6@Windsor, (-16)
2. Nett Runner-up: Dr George Dias, +1@woodville, -9@Dunhaved,
Par@Richmond, +1@Penrith, (-7)
3. Gross Champion:Carl D’Silva, +8@woodville, +12@camden,
+8@Dunhaved, +6@windsor,(+34)
4. Gross Runner-up: Alwyn Henriques, +17@Dunhaved,
+16@Penrith, +16@Windsor, +16@Liverpool, (+65)
5. Stableford Champion: Carl D’Silva, 42pts@Woodville,
37pts@Camden,40pts@Dunhaved, 38pts@windsor, (157pts)
6. Eclectic Champion: Dr George Dias, Nett score 48
7. Dynaflow Pairs Competition (sponsored by Dynaflow, kind courtesy Roy Do Rosario)
Winners: Patrick Ferris & Lina D’Silva, 62 points.
8. Dynaflow Pairs Competition (sponsored by Dynaflow, kind courtesy Roy Do Rosario)
Runners-Up: Cajetan Miranda & Dr. George Dias, 55 points.
9. Golfer of The Year: Carl D’Silva, 64pts
10. Bradman Prize (sponsored by Bruno D’Souza): John Fernandes. (+134)

The Hero for 2011 season was Carl D’Silva who successfully defended his Gross Championship Title and also achieved a rare feat of winning the Gross & Nett Championship Title in the same season. Carl also was also awarded the Golfer of the Year for the second year running.

G.O.A. President Tony Colaco in his address introduced our Guest of Honor Dr Yadu Singh and our special Invitee Subba Rao Varigonda and talked about their involvement with the Council of Indian Australians. He also mentioned that the GOA-NSW Golf wing is well known to all the Goan associations worldwide and has done G.O.A-NSW proud with its Annual golf League. He also thanked the founders of the Golf wing for their initiative 24 years back.

Dr Yadu Singh in his address recalled his memorable association with various Goans from Sydney and said that Goan Community is known world over as a fun loving community, trustworthy and reliable. He showered praise for Tony Colaco’s commitment to GOA-NSW. He congratulated the winners and the golf wing for completing 24 years. He expressed his desire to have a Golf Day for all the Golfers of all the Indian Community and appealed to the GOA Golf wing to take the initiative in making it a reality.

Subba Rao Varigonda also addressed the audience and congratulated Tony Colaco and the Golf wing for organizing the event. He said he was impressed with Sandra Antao’s Photo Album collection going back to 1990 Golf annual day. He expressed his support for the Golf day for all Indian golfers and said he will work along with GOA Golf wing to ensure it is organized this year at one of the well known Golf Courses in Sydney. On behalf of the Council of India Australians he conducted a Lucky Raffle for Tickets for two to the CIA’s Australia Day dinner function on Sunday 29th Jan 2012. Lina D’silva picked the lucky Ticket and picked our 2011 Captain Alwyn Henriques as the Lucky winner.

Carl D’Silva was installed as 2012 Captain by Sports Director Roy Do Rosario and Outgoing captain Alwyn Henriques. Roy thanked everyone for gracing the event and supporting the Golf wing.

After a delicious Lunch catered by Mother India, the group posed for a Photography session which drew the curtains for yet another memorable Golf Annual day Luncheon.

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