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Team Gurki swings it in golf
- Four-day Tata open tournament to tee off from today

Golfing action was back in the city with Professional Golf Tour of India member Gurki Shergill and his team bagging the pro-amateur event of the 11th Tata Open Tournament on Wednesday.

The tournament was played out on the Beldih and Golmuri golf courses.

The event, which is being played in the Table Stableford format — each team comprises one professional and three- four amateur golfers — was inaugurated by Tata Steel vice president T.V. Narendran, in the presence of Indian Golf Union Council member Farzan Heerjee and Professional Golf Tour of India directors Uttam Singh Mundy and Paramjit Sandhu.

Shergill’s team, which consisted amateurs like Karna Parikh and Ryan D’Costa and Ravi Parikh notched 113 points to finish the day slightly ahead of Shamim Khan’s team — comprising Amitava Bakshi, Rahul Sawa and Sanjay. Team Shamim finished the day second with 112 points in their kitty.

Earlier during the day, the straight drive contest on hole number 12 at Beldih Course was won by Akash Jha who managed to put his shot five inches from the centre.

The closest to the pin on hole number 7 at Golmuri course was, however, Sanjay who fell short of his mark by an agonising nine feet six inch distance.

Ravi Parikh won hole number 17 on Beldih putting his tee shot within five feet and three inches of the mark.

The longest drive contest on hole number 8 at Golmuri was won by Nitin Khosla, who came up with a drive of 273 yards.

Organisers said a four-day Tata Open Golf Tournament would tee off at both the venues on Thursday, with as many as 118 professionals from across the country expected to vie for top honours during the event.

The event will have a whopping prize money of Rs 50 lakh up for grabs.

The golfers are expected to first play 18 holes each at the Golmuri and Beldih courses for the opening two days, before covering nine holes each on the greens.

The meet is scheduled to end on November 25.