The Diamond Jubilee Golf Tournament is sponsored every year by Kodaikanal International School (KIS) at the Kodaikanal Golf Course, and this year was no different. The 18-hole, par-71 course is played at 7000 feet above sea level and draws interest from several golfers the world over. The course is set amongst the backdrop of the rolling Palani Hills, that is sure to test the mettle of golfers, both professional and amateur alike.
The Diamond Jubilee Golf Tournament 2019 was a resounding success, with the tournament providing the largest turnout for the Kodai Golf Club during the summer. It was well subscribed with 42 golfers, which made the pace easy and comfortable. There were six amateur golfers from KIS, aged 14-16, who had spent several Saturday mornings practicing against the nets and were now ready to take on the 18 holes for the first time.
A beautiful clear day with a gentle breeze was ideal for a great day of Golf to start the tournament. Principal Corey Stixrud was present bright and early to tee-off the tournament. A perfect line and drive off the first tee box and his four-ball team was on their way. Opportunities to take-in the sheer natural beauty and on occasions the wildlife of Kodaikanal and its neighboring towns are aplenty.
KIS students from Grades 7 to 11 participated in the Under 18 Gibbs Cup Tournament that was being held simultaneously, challenging the young budding golfers on their first ever tournament. The enthusiasm and excitement in them was palpable after the first 9 holes. KIS’ very own Minseok Kim from Grade 11 finished as the Runner-Up, while the winner this year was a young champion golfer from Chennai.