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Healthy tee-off on course today

Patna Golf Club would host a two-day tournament from Saturday to apprise citizens of the importance of maintaining proper physical and mental health.

As many as 120 participants, including nine women, have registered for the tourney sponsored by Ruban Hospital on SP Verma Road.

Patna Golf Club captain Arvind Singh said: “This is the first time that female participants are willing to participate in a 18-hole game.” Earlier women used to play the nine-hole game.

He said: “The two-day tournament would be organised in three segments. The first day is dedicated to the female participants so that they can play at their own pace.

“On the second day, there will be two segments. The first section would be open to participants up to 18 years old and differently abled persons. Participants aged between 19 and 24 years would be able to take part in the second,” he added.

The prizes for the golf tourney would be distributed on Sunday afternoon. Patna High Court judge Justice Samarendra Pratap Singh would grace the occasion.

Colonel A.K. Singh of Ruban Hospital said: “Health is completely the physical, mental and social well-being of a person. Golf as a sport contributes to three dimensions of health — physical fitness, mental relaxation and social interaction between golfers.”

He added: “If people do not spare time for themselves, they will get bored with their monotonous life and will finally lose interest in work.”

He also said the funds raised through the tournament would be distributed among financially backward patients who are unable to foot their medical bills.

The tournament — Ruban Memorial Health Tournament — has been named after Colonel Singh’s son, Dr Ruban Kumar Singh, whose sudden death in 2000 was the inspiration behind the foundation of the Ruban Hospital.


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