IGU to revive Indian Masters

IGU to revive Indian Masters

The Indian Golf Union (IGU) is planning to launch one new tournament and revive an old meet from the next calendar year.

While the Indian Masters, which was held for the one and only time in New Delhi in 2008, could be played under the Asian Tour, the Indian Classics, a new event, has also been proposed.

Making the announcement here at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) on Saturday, Jaydeep Chitlangia, President of the IGU, outlined his plans to develop the sport in the country.

“Yes, we do have plans (to launch new tournaments). One would be the Indian Masters  and the other would be the Indian Classic and both would be for professionals,” Chitlangia told reporters.

Golf is set to make its appearance at the next Summer Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro and Chitlangia has tipped Bangalore lad Anirban Lahiri to lead the country’s charge at the Games..

“They (IOC) haven’t yet decided on a cut-off date so hopefully Anirban can qualify and lead the Indian squad,” he said. Lahiri has been in good form this season, winning two tournaments on the Asian Tour so far.

Chitlangia also spoke about the T-20 programme which IGU launched in 2013.
“The programme comprises of seven parts like taking golf to schools, getting kids to start golf early, sorting the infrastructural needs and so on,” he said.

The programme plays a role in identifying future Olympians.
He also elaborated on the National Handicapping Service (NHS), a ‘key tool’ of the T-20 initiative, which would be in play till 2020.

“What the NHS does is that it brings all golfers in the country to compete on a level playing field.” NHS currently has about 1000 members.
DH News Service

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