As is tradition, the 4th International VIP Golf Tournament INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE was held on the “zero” day of the INNOPROM Industrial Trade Fair, which took place in Ekaterinburg.
More than 250 representatives from the largest Russian and international companies and renowned golf professionals of the EUROPEAN TOUR once again gathered in the Urals, at Pine Creek Golf Resort, to enjoy a game of golf and discuss business in an informal setting. The award ceremony of the tournament was opened by Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, who emphasized the special mission of INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE: "The tournament provides an opportunity to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere. The discussions that take place here can be as productive as those that are conducted on official platforms."
The MINPROMTORG team was headed by Mr. Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, and the TATARSTAN team was led by Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic.
The following companies put forward flights: SAP CIS, VTB, GAZPROMBANK, GAZSTROYDETAL, GELENDZHIK GOLF CLUB (combined team of ITELMA, KASPERSKY, EKOVAKINO), EVRAZ, KOMATSU, RCC, SOLLERS, ТМК, UMMC, combined team of URALDORTECHNOLOGY/FINETICS, URALCHEM, URAL AIRLINES, CHELPIPE GROUP, UGC. The honorary partners of the tournament program are TRANSMASHHOLDING, SEVERSTAL, URALPLASTIC, PENOTERM, BOEING RUSSIA, EVIAN, and NESPRESSO.
For the first time, students of the "Future of White Metallurgy" program accompanied the team as caddies. This program is being implemented as part of a public-private partnership between CHELPIPE GROUP, the government of the Sverdlovsk Region and Pervouralsk Metallurgical College.
The honorary bronze was won by the team from URAL AIRLINES. In second place was the GAZPROMBANK team, which participated in the tournament for the first time, while the SAP CIS team was the winner of the tournament, coming in with an excellent result of 123.
INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE always prepares a unique program for the VIP guests at the tournament. This year was no exception, when Pine Creek Golf Resort was visited by world-famous star coach Mark Walters, Head of Training at the European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI, Dubai). At ETPI, Mr. Walters doesn't just train professional players, he is also involved in real scientific discoveries in golf, such as inventing new techniques for performing strikes.
Each year, INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE pays special tribute to the partner country of INNOPROM. This year, it was Turkey. At the golf resort, the host made efforts to recreate the atmosphere of this hospitable country with its rich culture. Traditional music was played during the event, and some Turkish masters also attended; a barista prepared traditional coffee on sand, and the sherbet master poured a refreshing drink for the guests and offered around Turkish delights. The guests were able to sample the menu with some Turkish specialties at the gala dinner: a selection of mezze, mixed kebabs, mouth-watering lokum steak and delicious baklava, which were accompanied by an impressive show from Mr. Erdal Çetinkaya, the head chef at CHEF, the best Turkish restaurant in Moscow.
There was also a special appearance from Mr. Mehmet Samsara, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey to Russia, who despite being very busy before the start of the industrial trade fair, took an active part in INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE and opened the cultural program dedicated to Turkey: "I am very happy to be in Ekaterinburg today, which, just like Istanbul, connects Europe and Asia. I would like to thank all the hosts of INNOPROM trade fair and INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE and express the hope that when Ekaterinburg is covered with snow, many of you will come to play golf on the courses in Turkey."
At this moment, the emerald waves of the Pine Creek Golf Resort were covered with the snow-white robes of the Dervish, carriers of an ancient culture whose history dates back hundreds of years. These guests came all the way from HODJAPASHA cultural center (Istanbul) to present the famous Sema dance, which is a living embodiment of characteristics such as will, concentration and endurance; qualities that are shared by the Dervish and golfers alike.
And, of course, one of the main focuses and traditions of INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE is charity. For the third year in a row, part of the proceeds from the cup partners goes to supporting the Verkhotursky Social Rehabilitation Center in Sverdlovsk Region. During the award ceremony, Aleksandr Fedorov, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Pine Creek Golf Resort and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ChelPipe Group, handed over a check for RUB 1,500,000 to the Director of the Center, Lyubov Dubovkina.
At the end of the day, the guests acknowledged that the 4th International VIP Golf Cup INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE fully met all of their expectations and fit the format of productive communication in a cultural and sporting environment to become an unforgettable experience filled with emotion.
See you in 2020 at the 5th Anniversary INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE!
For detailed information about the Tournement, please visit web-site of official organizer.