Assam golfers dominated the Shillong Golf Course, known to the world as the ‘Gleneagles of the East’, winning five gold medals at the 2nd North East Olympics 2022.
Golf began on November 10 and concluded today. Golfers played a round of 18 holes a day for four days on the tough but beautiful course.
Apart from the five gold medals, Assam also won two silver and two bronze medals. Hosts Meghalaya were the second best state, with one gold, six silver and four bronze.
Manipur bagged one gold and two bronze, while Arunachal Pradesh bagged one gold.
Assam bagged the team gold medal for the best four goals as the team consisted of Snigdha Goswami, Jakir Hussain, Biki Datta and Kalyan Sahul. Meghalaya were the silver medal winners while Manipur bagged the bronze.
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The overall individual gold was claimed by Assam’s brilliant Goswami, who was ahead of Assam’s Hussan and Meghalaya’s Dr KI Singh.
In the individual categories, Meghalaya’s only gold medal was won in the amateur category by the state’s youngest golfer in the tournament, Jason Passah, who only took up golf two years ago after returning home to Meghalaya during the Covid-19 pandemic. Biki Datta from Assam and Jonathan Iawphniaw from Meghalaya came second.
Goswami took gold in the women’s event, while Meghalaya claimed silver and bronze through Jyoti Agarwal and Pooja Goenka respectively.
Keisham Indrajit Singh of Manipur won the Super Senior event ahead of Hector Marwein of Meghalaya and Nagesh Singh of Assam.
Arunachal’s lone gold went to Col Hemonto Panging, who won the Senior category ahead of Benu Malakar of Meghalaya and Lhunkhotang Hangsing of Manipur.
Hussain won the gold for Assam in the Mid-Amateur category, while Meghalaya took silver and bronze with Dr Singh and Gaurav Bajaj.
The professional category was won by Deben Bhumij of Assam, with Anil Ram of Meghalaya winning 2nd place and Deepraj Chetia of Assam.