Turkish Airlines, a global leader in civil aviation, brought the sixth edition of its ever-growing Amateur Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup (TAWGC) to Gokarna Golf Cup, Kathmandu, in 2018, where 73-year-old amateur golfer Madhav Acharya, playing under the Stableford full handicap format, was declared the ultimate winner.

Along with the trophy, he also won tickets to Turkey to participate in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup in November in Antalya, where more than 100 golfers from 64 nations competed. Having played golf for decades, in India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Korea, and the U.S., Acharya has also been representing Nepal in international countries. “However,” he says, “the most special one to me was my participation in the Grand Finals of the Turkish Airlines Golf Cup, 2018, in Antalya, Turkey. My win in Kathmandu had come with a streak of real luck that enabled me to score Stableford 43 points. Some 120 people, including Nepal’s top golfers, were vying, but thanks to the handicap system, I was able to clinch the win. And, in Antalya, we played some very beautiful courses where again, over 100 golfers, mostly from the countries where Turkish Airlines flies, were served with golf treats.”

When asked about his experience with Turkish Airlines, Acharya says that when it comes to hospitality, Turkish Airlines was just plain excellent. Everything was well arranged and everyone well-taken care of. “In the Turkish Airlines Grand Finals, a young golfer from Paris won the trophy, while the guy from Nepal, that’s me, had the distinction of being the oldest participant, I mean, by age,” he explains. Business class trips on Turkish Airlines, deluxe facilities accommodation at the hotels, and extraordinarily friendly environment at the venue were some of the things that left a deep impression on him. He further reminisces, “During my spare time, the golfers and participants from various countries had discussions about the tournament, and all agreed that the fun and enjoyment we experienced at the event was far beyond our expectations.”

Mr. Abdullah Tuncer Kececi, General Manager-Nepal, Turkish Airlines, highlighted the importance of this kind of event in bringing people together from all over the world, and the fact that this can be a milestone for promoting Nepal as a golf destination in the coming days. In 2019, Turkish Airlines will be hosting Amateur Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup (TAWGC), commencing from March 14 at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and in various cities, including Casablanca, Dammam, Karachi, Islamabad, Dubai, Doha, and Cape Town and the 2nd edition of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup will be held on May 11 at Gokarna Forest Resort of Kathmandu, Nepal. Once again, a memorable week of one of the most exciting amateur golf series in the world, Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, will be held in celebration of golf enthusiasts, and we couldn’t be more excited.