Alachua Gaura-Purnima and Golf Tournament
Posted April 11, 2005
The 1st annual "Krishna Cup" was won by Bhutatma das of Irvine, California, on the weekend of Gaura-Purnima in Alachua, Florida.
The Krishna Cup trophy goes to the devotee with the best score in a 36-hole golf tournament sponsored by Arjuna das, a PGA pro from Canada. We had a great weekend, beginning with the excellent devotional celebration of Sri Caitanya's Appearance Day. The devotees participating in the tournament began with kirtan, Bhagavatam class, and prasad. A spirited competition lasting two days followed. The rainy weather cleared just in time for the scheduled event.
Arjuna das reminded us of Arjuna himself, showing his extremely accurate professional skills by scoring even par from the black tees on difficult courses. Arjuna was exempted from winning the competition, however, in all fairness. Bhutatma Prabhu, a college professor and excellent athlete coached by Srila Prabhupada himself in exercise, shot two rounds in the 70s to hold off a late charge by Guru das of Denver, who turned in a great 78 on the final Sunday. Nalinikanta das of Alachua took third, followed by Janaka Prabhu from Denver and Mahavira das from Florida.
We were happy to host several other devotees, including local GBC man Sesa Prabhu, who played impressively despite being so absorbed in devotional services that he had little time to prepare.
Bhutatma will hold the trophy for a while, but many others, buoyed by
the devotional association and competition, are threatening a
challenge, either in the western swing of the "tour" in LA in late
October, or at Gaura-Purnima next year in Alachua. Devotees of all
skill levels are welcome to stay in touch and to participate. Hare