Shillong Golf Course remembers freedom fighter U Tirot Sing




17th July 2018 – Bah Tirot Sing, also known as U Tirot Sing, was one of the chiefs of the Khasi people in the early 18th century. He drew his lineage from the Syiemlieh clan. He was Syiem (chief) of Nongkhlaw, part of the Khasi Hills. His surname was Syiem. He was a constitutional head sharing corporate authority with his Council, generally representatives of leading clans within his territory.

After concluding the treaty of Yandabu in 1826, the British had control over the Brahmaputra Valley. They had already occupied the Surma valley by becoming “Diwan” of Bengal in 1765. Now the British wanted a strategic road to link up these two valleys under their occupation. The construction of this strategic road was possible only through the Khasi Hills. The Khasi Hills were also considered suitable for setting up sanatoria cantonment. The political agent of the British, David Scott approached U Tirot Sing, the king of Khadsawphra Syiemship for construction of the road project through his kingdom. David Scott promised U Tirot Sing that if the project was agreed upon, U Tirot Sing would be allowed complete control over Bordwar and that free trade would flourish along the proposed road. U Tirot Sing convened a session of his Durbar in which, after debating for two days and two nights, consented to the proposal. Soon a British garrison with labourers to construct the road was posted at Nongkhlaw. News came that the British army at Guwahati and Sylhet had been reinforced. U Tirot Sing sensed the ulterior motive of the British to ultimately grab the entire hill territory. Alarmed by the eventuality, U Tirot Sing served a notice to the British to quit Nongkhlaw, but the British did not pay any heed.

Tirot Sing resolved to drive out the British from the Khasi hills and on the 2nd of April 1829, hundreds of men attacked a British garrison. Most of the British soldiers were killed and thus started the Anglo – Khasi war. However, ill equipped and vastly outnumbered, Tirot Sing and his small albeit courageous army could not endure the might of the all powerful British army. Tirot Sing was finally captured by the British and deported to Dhaka where he finally passed away on the 17th of July 1835.

The Shillong Golf Course organizes a tournament every year in his memory.This year the tournament saw a good number of golf enthusiasts competing at the picturesque Shillong Golf Course on 17th July 2018.Mr Gaurav Bajaj lifted the main trophy with a Gross Score of 9 over par followed by Mr Nikhil Choudhary with a Gross Score of 10 over par.The event was played over 18 holes followed by a prize distribution lunch. The weather was perfect for Golf .The prize distribution was graced by Directors of Shillong Club Ltd. – Col Jagdish Singh,Mr Ajay Gupta.Mr P.S. Thangkhiew (IAS) , Mr AH Scott Lyngdoh (Former minister) and Mr Fearless Warjri were also present at the event.

The event also saw active participation from Juniors (boys and girls) from St Edmund’s School and Loreto Convent.The prizes were won by Master Shaurya Goenka, Master Ryan Lyngdoh, Master Shivai Agarwal and Miss Divyanshi Agarwal.

The results of the U tirot Sing Golf tournament are as under :

Overall Winner : Mr Gaurav Bajaj
Runners Up : Mr Nikhil Choudhary
GROSS MR. Prakash Pathaw

GROSS Dr Ashish Kumar
NETT Master Mohit Balasubramanium

GROSS Mr Aditya Baruah
NETT Mr A Kharpan

Mens Veterans Category (age 55+) :
GROSS MR. Anil Pargal
NETT MR. Fearless Warjri

Ladies Open Category
GROSS Mrs Pooja Goenka
Stableford Miss Divyanshi Agarwal

Junior Open Category
Gross Winner : Master Shaurya Goenka
Nett Winner : Master Ryan Lyngdoh
Stableford Winner : Master Shivai Agarwal

Other Prizes
Longest Drive : Mr Jonathan Iawphniaw
Straightest Drive : Mr Aditya Gautam Barua
Closest to Pin : Dr Roel Hansing

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