New Delhi, Sept 12 (UNI) A Nepalese club will make its debut in the All India inter-club amateur golf competition as McDowell's Signature championship spreads its wings in its sixth edition starting from September 22.
Gokarna Golf Resort and Spa, Kathmandu, has been placed in the East Zone group for the championship which will have 4500 golfers from 30 clubs sweating out in 20 cities across the country for top honours.
The first tee off is scheduled simultaneously at the Bolaram Golf Club, Hyderabad, and Bangalore Golf Club on September 22.
''In continuation of a tradition, the grand finale will be held outside the country -- in Phoenix Golf Course in Pattaya, Thailand, on December 13,'' Debashish Shyam, Business Head of UB Group's United Spirits Limited, said at a press conference here today.
Femina Miss India World and Event Ambassador Sarah Jane Dias, who was also present, praised the McDowell's Signature for organising the club championship.
''McDowell Signature Club Golf is an event for those who enjoy business successes. My association with the event is an endorsement to this unique combination of success and celebration,'' Ms Dias said.
The Championship will be played in a three tier format with the initial intra-club stage meant to select a six-member club team.
This stage will have three handicap categories 0-8 (played on Gross Stableford), 9-16 and 17-24 (played on 3/4 Nett Stableford) with the winners and runners-up from each handicap category form the six-member club team.
The second stage will be the Regional Finals where the club teams will battle it out amongst other clubs from the region and decide the Regional Champion Golf club.
The four Regional finals will be held at Eagleton Golf Resort, Bangalore (October 8), Army Golf Club, New Delhi (October 15), Royal Calcutta Golf Club (November 12) and Bombay Presidency Golf Club (November 26).
Ten clubs will compete in the North Zone while the other three zones -- South, East and West -- will have seven, seven and five clubs.
Noida Golf Course were the winners for the last two years and with India's leading amateurs -- Simarjeet Singh and Jasjeet Singh -- in their ranks this year, they are in line for a hat-trick of titles, tournament director Brandon de Souza said.
Other finalists last year were Eagleton Golf Resort, Royal Calcutta Golf Club and Mumbai's United Services Club.