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    Balbir Verma and Kapil Dev Lead

    New Delhi, 12th December
     
    The Inaugural Seniors’ PGA Championship of India being played at the beautiful Classic Golf Resort got off to a tremendous start with Balbir Verma of Delhi firing 6 birdies to lead a field of legends with a score of 69. Three shots behind him is Shiv Prakash of Kanpur.

    On a glorious sunny day with moderate winds, Balbir hitting it long and true also putted beautifully. His 6 birdies were with putts within 10 feet.

    In the Amateur category, Kapil Dev leads the field with a score of 75 followed closely by Indian National Seniors player Gangesh Khaitan who shot a score of 76.

    With the course in top shape the greens were putting true and the scoring ability of the players from Kanpur was evident with both Ajay Kumar Yadav and Hari Ram close behind with the score of 73 each.

     In the super seniors category for players above 60 years of age, Mohd Abdul Rasid Langu (63 years old) from Kashmir leads the field with a score of 78 while veteran Ram Dayal (67 years old) is 2 shots behind at 80.

    The field had several past champions in the fray. Veteran Rohtas Singh just recovering from a shoulder injury did well to shoot a score of 81 and so did his teammate from the world cup Brandon De Souza.

    With one more round to go and several players within striking range, an interesting contest if expected for the title tomorrow.
     
    Promoted by the PGA of India, in its 25th year since inception, the Seniors’ PGA Championship of India is for players above 50 years of age. It is an endeavor to provide an opportunity for senior golfers to extend their playing careers. In the inauguration ceremony held before the championship the President of PGA of India, Mr Vicky Shaw announced a new vision and thrust for the association with an objective of growing the golf industry and creating more opportunities for learning. All this with one objective which is to produce world champions for India.

    Leading Senior Professional scores -

    • Balbir Singh Verma -69 - Delhi
    • Shiv Prakash – 72 - Kanpur
    • Ajay Kumar Yadav – 73 -  Kanpur
    • Hari Ram – 73-  Kanpur
    • Asgar Ali – 75 – Calcutta
    • G K Verma – 76-
    • Digraj Singh – 77 – Delhi
    • Vinod Kumar – 78 – Kanpur

    Leading Super Senior Professional scores -

    • Mohd Abdul Rasid Langu – 78 - Kashmir – 63 years old
    • Ram Dayal – 67 yrs old - 80

    Amateur Category -

    • Kapil Dev (A) – 75
    • Gangesh Khaitan (A) - 76

    Scores of some other past champions –

    • Rohtas Singh -81 – 27th position
    • Brandon De Souza – 81 – 25th position
    • Akbar Ali mollah (Chini) – 78 – 13th position

    The golfing Gods were present to acknowledge the Indian Golfing greats when they showed up to compete in the Inaugural Seniors’ PGA Championship of India played at the Classic Golf Resort on the 12th and 13th of Dec 2013. They provided glorious golfing weather, which coupled with a golf course in prime shape and the Seniors in emotionally charged high spirits, created a unique golfing environment and event.

    Promoted by the Professional Golfers Association of India, the tournament with prize money of Rs 4 lacs was created to acknowledge the yeomen service that the senior professional golfers of India have given to Indian golf, enabling it scale the heights that we see today. And the senior players, of ages 50 years and above responded to this initiative in style.

    58 years old Balbir Singh Verma swung his clubs like a young man and with two quality rounds of 69 and 68 won the tournament quite comfortably. His two day total of 7-under 137 gave him a 12 shot victory over Hari Ram who finished second with a combined two day total of 149 (73 + 76).

    Hitting the ball long and straight and aided by a deft putting touch which he attributed to a new putter, which looks like a space shuttle, Balbir fired 6 birdies each on both the days and received Rs 50,000 for his winning effort. The length of his driving enabled him fly over all the hazards on the course quite comfortably, while the others has to deal with them, unsuccessfully at times.

    The course was set up in a unique manner to allow for the different age groups which varied from those in their 50’s to some in their 70’s. All the players played off the White tees of the “Canyon” and “Ridge” nines of the Classic Golf Resort.  Playing field was levelled by giving all participants the opportunity to play from distance that are properly aligned with their abilities.

    And Kapil Dev demonstrated this ability in good measure when he won in the amateurs category by birdieing the last hole. He required only 2 shots to get onto the green of the par 5 hole.  His two day total of 151 (75 + 76) enabled him pip Gangesh Khaitan 152 (76 + 76) by a stroke.

    So while Balbir benefited tremendously thanks to his long hitting and raced away with the title, the other players were bunched together quite close and a keen contest was witnessed for the other positions.

    The Kanpur trio of DK Verma 150 (76+74), Ajay Kumar Yadav 151(73+78) and Shiv Prakash 152(72+80) claimed the third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.

    Amongst the well known players, Brandon de Souza finished 15th with a score of 161(81+80). Rohtas Singh showed a lot of courage by just showing up and playing inspite of a recurring shoulder problem and surprised himself by shooting two decent rounds of 81 and 83 to finish 24th with a score of 164. Digraj Singh managed a similar feat, but aided by the fact that he was perhaps the youngest senior there, shot rounds of 77 and 76 to finish 6th with a score of 153.

    In the super seniors’ category which was for players of 60 years and above, Mohd. Abdul Rashid Langoo from Srinagar emerged the winner with a two day total of 159 (78 + 81).

    The Pro-Am of the event was played on the 14th of Dec and 81 players showed up to compete in a modified stableford format. One unique element of the format was that the professional golfers also received a handicap based on their 2 tournament rounds. Teams consisting of a minimum of one professional in the four ball played the scramble format and perhaps the combination of so many unique elements contributed towards some very low scoring.

    Shiv Prakash from Kanpur inspired his team of Col. Narendar Singh, Ateet Gaur and Capt. Cheema to win the Pro Am quite comfortably with a score of 48 nett (24 under par).  The runner’s up team was the team comprising of the Seniors’ PGA Champion Balbir Verma and amateurs Gurnam Arora, Sudhir Seth and M K Trisal who scored 51 nett (21 under).

    All in all it was a tremendous and unique event which began with the new President of the PGA of India Vicky Shaw declaring that they would hold the event, irrespective of whether they had a sponsor or not, as soon as they got the dates and a generous promise of unconditional support from the Classic Golf Resort. And supported ably by his Vice President Romit Bose and Digraj Golf Inc, who also stepped in at the last moment to help out, they managed to pull off a quality event within no time.

    With no time for a proper sales activity, Vicky Shaw and Romit Bose harnessed support and donations in various forms and somehow cobbled together enough resources to pull off a decent event.

    In the Opening ceremony Vicky Shaw informed all those present that “within the PGA of India we have seen a new energy recently. We have been strategizing and have decided that henceforth, the Professional Golfers Association of India will demonstrate that leadership in the Indian Golfing environment which will help the sport grow and provide an enhanced livelihood and opportunities to all associated with it”

    He also announced that next year, in 2014, there would be 5 events, which would perhaps be the first step towards a Seniors Tour. He also appealed to the audience to help support the players and the tour in any manner that they could.

    The sentiment was reiterated during the Prize Distribution which preceded the Pro-Am during which the Honb’le Minister MNRE Dr Farooq Abdullah gave away the prizes to the Championship winners.

    Another unique element of the event was the Acknowledgement Ceremony that was coupled with the Prize Distribution in which the PGA of India acknowledged those Individuals who have contributed tremendously towards the growth of golf in India, especially professional golf in India. They were presented citations and lovely shawls by Dr Abdullah.

    The individuals acknowledged for their contributions were Rohtas Singh, Ram Dayal, Basad Ali, Ashok Malik, Vikramjit Singh, PK Bhattacharyya, SC Sekhar, Ravi Puri, Brandon de Souza, Rishi Narain and Digraj Singh.

    Past presidents Pawan Munjal, Arvind Khanna, Siddharth Shriram, IVS Juneja and Manjit Singh were also acknowledged for their selfless service to Indian Golf.

    The sponsors and donors who came forward to support the event on such short notice were also acknowledged with shawls. Companies and individuals acknowledged were Sudhir Seth of Sudhir Gensets, MK Trisal of Marathon, Gurnam and Satnam Arora of Kohinoor, Sangeeta Balan of JW Marriott, Mushtaq Burza of Ahad Hotels, DP Singh of Sara, Pradeep Jain of Silverglades, Latha Thomas of Destination Management Company, Arif Shaw of Shaw Art Palace, Rahul Khanna of Karma, Titleist, Col ML Sharma of Go Laugh, Mr. Gangesh Khaitan, Mr. Ranjan Bhattacharyya, Mr. Deepak Ansal of Ansal Housing, Dr Ridhwana Sanam of KRV Physiotherapy, Nikhil Mehra of Shantanu and Nikhil,  Ateet Gaur of Taylormade, Priya Puri of ITC Golf Resort, Sanjay Sharma, Romit Bose of Romit Bose Golf and Varun Khanna of Digraj Golf Inc.

    The event concluded with all present stating that something unique had been achieved and started and it was heartening to see several people come forward to declare support for the future, with Dr Abdullah himself making financial and logistics commitments. Indian golf is certain to benefit.  


    POS

    NAME

    DAY 1

    DAY 2

    TOTAL

    PRIZE MONEY (Rs)

    1

    BALBIR SINGH VERMA

    69

    68

    137

    50000

    2

    HARI RAM

    73

    76

    149

    30000

    3

    D K VERMA

    76

    74

    150

    20000

    4

    AJAY KUMAR YADAV

    73

    78

    151

    15000

    5

    SHIV PRAKASH

    72

    80

    152

    14500

    6

    DIGRAJ SINGH

    77

    76

    153

    14000

    7

    AKBAR ALI MOLLAH -CHINI

    78

    76

    154

    13500

    8

    ASGAR ALI

    75

    79

    154

    13000

    9

    BRIJPAL SINGH

    78

    77

    155

    12500

    10

    RAJ KUMAR

    79

    78

    157

    12000

     

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