Sitanshu Shekhar, HEC Paris MBA, Class of 2015
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Ryder Cup is the premier golf team tournament in the world, and every golf fan dreams of playing in one. So on the weekend of the 2014 Ryder Cup, I thought, how much fun would it be if we could play in similar tournament against INSEAD. So after some inquiries from INSEAD students, I finally got hold of their Golf Captain. He jumped on the idea of a match between the two schools on the rules of the Ryder Cup. We decided to hold the first edition of the tournament on the 2nd of November at their home course, Chateau D’Augerville. We were divided between the name of the tournament – Paris Cup or Champagne Cup, but decided to go with Champagne cup, as the winning team would drink a bottle of champagne from the cup!!!
With the sun shining on a beautiful Autumn morning, we departed for Augerville in high spirits. The team consisted of Andrew Young, Alfonso Alvarez Prieto, Othmane Benlamine, Yukiko Toyoda and me. After some quick introductions with the INSEAD team, we got down to the business of golf. The course was tough, and INSEAD played some really good golf to beat us convincingly. But, it was not a day of wining and losing, but of making new friends and golf buddies. The day ended with prize winning ceremony, a few rounds of beers and lots of laughs. When I look back at that day, I like to think of it as the start of something historic and special, just like the Ryder Cup.