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Amateur golfers get ready for tee-off

Patna Golf Club will organise a three-day tournament from Friday for amateur golfers arriving from across the country.

The club is the only facility in the city that has been promoting the sport for the past 98 years. The 41st Patna Annual Golf Championship is one of the steps towards the goal.

Apart from Patna golfers, amateur players would also come from Ranchi, Calcutta, Varanasi, Kanpur, Jamalpur, New Delhi and Jamshedpur.

Krishna Lall, vice-president, Patna Golf Club, said on Thursday: “The best thing about the 41st Patna Annual Golf Championship is that it would see the participation of people who are not professional players but amateurs for whom golf is a hobby. People from various backgrounds, including doctors, lawyers and IAS officers, will participate in the championship.”

Happy about residents getting interested in the sport, Pravin K. Sinha, member and former vice-president of Patna Golf Club, said: “We organise this championship every year with the sole aim of promoting golfing skills among residents. The residents are slowly picking up the sport. At present, the Golf Academy we are running has 200 trainees of whom 50 are youngsters. I am not saying that golf has become the most popular sport among the residents. It is an elite game, but definitely the interest has grown.”

Tapan Ghosh, another member of the club, said: “Women, children, senior citizens and 19-24 handicaps will play the tournament on February 21. The main tournament, Kalyanpur Cup, for 0-18 handicaps would be played on February 22-23. This year, two new prizes have been introduced — for 0-18 handicap and 0-24 handicap. Chief minister Nitish Kumar would be the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony on February 23. Guests of honour would be Supreme Court judge Chandramauli Kumar Prasad and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha.”

The Patna Golf Club, spread over 165 acres, is an 18-hole course with several obstacles for players. It was established in 1916.

A band from Calcutta would perform on the final day of the championship.


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