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Grand Prix golf draws strong field

Calcutta: The second leg of the Royal Challenge Grand Prix (RCGP) will tee off at Tollygunge Club Tuesday with the top three prize-winners of the IPGA Tour vying for honours.

The wealthy trio — Mukesh Kumar of Mhow, city boy Firoz Ali and Meerut’s Digvijay Singh — will be principal attractions of the four-day meet, which has Rs 8 lakh on offer as prize-money. There will four more from the top-10 of money-winners in the field — Ashok Kumar, Shiv Prakash, Uttam Singh Mundy and S.S.P. Chaurasia.

Defending champion Rafiq Ali, Rahil Gangjee and Indrajit Bhalotia will form a strong local challenge. Ali Sher will be no pushover either.

Announcing this at a press conference Thursday, H.N. Nanani, COO (Indian Operations), Jumbo Group, said the company has decided to invest Rs 50 crore on golf over a period of five years.

Gaurav Ghei won the first leg of the four-leg national meet. Bangalore/Chennai and Mumbai will host the other two legs in December and January, respectively.

The two top prize-money winners across four legs of the RCGP will qualify for the Indian team to clash with two top Asian players in the Royal Challenge International match on March 25, 2003, in Delhi. Last year, Mukesh and Vijay Kumar beat Korea’s Anthony Kang and Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant to win the match.

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