Shillon: 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.
The golf championship that started on November 10 concluded on Sunday. Golfers from across the North East played 18 holes a day over four days of competition on a tough but beautiful course.
Apart from the five gold medals in golf, Assam won two silver and one bronze medals. Hosts Meghalaya were the second best performing state with one gold, six silver and four bronze.
Manipur bagged one gold and two bronze medals, while Arunachal Pradesh bagged one gold.
Assam took the team gold medal with the team’s best four scorers of Snigdha Goswami, Jakir Hussain, Biki Datta, and Kalyan Sahul. Meghalaya were the silver medalists. Manipur took the bronze.
The overall individual gold was claimed by Assam’s brilliant Snigdha Goswami, ahead of Assam’s Hussain and Meghalaya’s KI Singh.
In the individual category, Meghalaya’s lone gold medalist was won in the amateur category by the state’s youngest scorer in the tournament, Jason Passah. Passah 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 top section of Benu Malakar in Meghalaya and Lhunkhotang Hangsing in Manipur.
Hussain won the gold for Assam in the Mid-Amateur category, while Meghalaya bagged the silver and bronze for Singh and Gaurav Bajaj.
The professional category was won by Deben Bhumij of Assam, with Anil Ram of Meghalaya coming second and Deepraj Chetia of Assam third.
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