Indian Open at KGA from Oct 18


Having played host to many Indian Tour events and having earned glowing praises from some of the top pros in the country for the myriad challenges it offers, the Karnataka Golf Association will realise a major dream this October.

After pursuing the national governing body -- the Indian Golf Union -- and the sponsors for the last few years in their bid to stage the Indian Open, the KGA on Wednesday finally got the nod to host the prestigious Asian Tour co-sanctioned event from October 18-21.

“We have just signed the agreement with Nimbus, the rights holders for the event,” said an ecstatic Sumit Rathor, who was re-elected as the president of the KGA last month. “We have been trying to get the event to the KGA for a long time now but it has often fallen flat for various reasons.

“However, we were very strong with our intentions this time. We wanted to stage it no matter what. Over the last couple of years, the KGA has gone through several upgradings and has played host to some of the richest domestic events. The pros have nothing but praise for KGA and our strong determination helped us get the event.”

Few negatives

Although the course has very few negatives, its main drawbacks were a limited practice area and a driving range. Rathor said those inadequacies will be addressed in the coming months.

 “What we are planning to do is to have another level (driving range), after it goes through the General Body for approval. Once it is approved, we are planning to have it running much before the Indian Open and it would be able to accommodate at least 50 golfers at one go.”
The move from IGU to shift the event for the first time down South comes as a welcome change after it was confined to New Delhi for the better part of its 48-year existence. It is believed that IGU, in its effort to popularise the game beyond the capital, is aiming to take the Indian Open across various venues in the country.

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