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Setting a Royal standard

Calcutta: Top-level golf retur-ned to the Royal after a gap of 13 years with the inaugural McLeod Russel Tour Championship, which ended on Saturday.

The Telegraph spoke to some of the principal characters, who made the event a grand success.

The following are excerpts

Aveek Sarkar, Captain, RCGC:Big-time golf had made its exit from Calcutta and we wanted a top-bracket tournament to return… We are very proud of the flawless conduct of this event and our sights are now set on getting back the Indian Open, possibly in 2014, and a European Tour event… We have managed to showcase the Royal in a befitting manner and shown that it is as good a (golf) club as any other… The sponsors and organisers expect a certain standard and we did not disappoint. However, we can and will improve… Except for cricket, the city hardly gets to see any international-level sport. We have done our bit in a small way and it would be great if Calcutta also hosts, say, a top-ranking badminton tournament featuring the Saina Nehwals.

Aditya Khaitan, managing director, McLeod Russel: The opening has been made… And we could not have hoped for a better opening than this. As the managing director of the McLeod Russel, I can say it’s sort of giving something back to the game. Royal have shown what they can do.

Lakshman Singh, gold medal winner, ’82 Asian Games: The Royal has been a great host… And SSP Chowrasia’s victory was the icing on the cake. This meet was the prelude to the Indian Open.

Gaurav Ghosh, committee member (in-charge of professional golf), RCGC: It’s a winning performance from the Royal… That the winner had only nine-under, showed how tough it was. Ideally, the 2014 Indian Open should come to us.