Chandigarh, NOV 10 (UNI) With a view to target the Non-Resident Indians (NRI), the second three-day Chandigarh Golfing Tour will be held from November 21.
Addressing a press conference at the Chandigarh Golf Range, near Kishangarh here, Chandigarh Golf Association president C S R Reddy, Inspector General of Police, Punjab, said "the event has special significance for NRIs who have been specially invited to participate." "We have received an encouraging response from NRIs. As many as 43 entries from 12 countries have been received so far. The total number of participants would cross century mark. "Local" entries have been received from Delhi, Punjab and other adjoining states," Reddy said.
Reddy, who is also the chairman of the Organising Committee said "the event besides giving boost to tourism will also strengthen bonds of brotherhood among international and national golfers.
Vodafone is the main sponsor while ITC and Travel House are bronze sponsors. Associating with this event are Tourism Departments of Chandigarh and Haryana, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Chandigarh (HRTC), Travel Association of India (TAAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) and supported by Tourism Department of Government of India.
Reddy said that there would be separate prizes for gross and net scores on all three days. There will be special prizes for nearest to the pin and longest drive. The championship trophy will be awarded to the golfer who has the best aggregate gross score of three days.
"We are developing linkage programme with Dubai, France, USA, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates to make Chandigarh Destination for golfters," said Reddy.
Vivek Atray, Director Tourism Chandigarh and Co-Chairman Organising Committee said 'Chandigarh is the best place for golfers.
This time theme of the event is Golf Tourism. Chandigarh and surrounding areas have excellent tourism potential and Chandigarh has become the most sought aftrer tourism destination." CGA general secretary JS Cheema said NRIs who are taking part are from United States of America, United Kingdom, Ghanna, Switzerland, Sinapore, Australia, New Zealand, China, UAE and Kenya.
Twenty five entries have been received from the US alone.
On day one, the competitors will tee off at Chandigarh Golf Club. On the second day, competitions will be held at Panchkula Golf Club. On the final day, the golfers will tee off at SEPTA, Chandimandir. The event is conducted twice in a year.