WGFI announces dates of Women's Indian Open

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New Delhi Jan 24 (UNI) The Women's Golf Association of India (WGAI) has announced the DLF Women's Indian Open with a total prize money of 1,20,000 dollars to be played from March 24-28.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Chairperson of the DLF Women's Golf Committee, Kavita Singh said ''Golf had kind of died at the amateur level, we had great golfers in the past. But they did not have proper platform, funds and exposure.'' ''Indian women's golf has shown phenomenal growth in such a short time. From scratch we have a full-fledged women's domestic tour and now with international events like DLF Women's Indian Open and Ladies Masters, there are ample opportunities for our golfers,'' she added.

''I see a lot of youngsters coming up and taking to the sport.

With big events like these taking place regularly, they will be encouraged to take to the sport more seriously and make a career from playing the game.

''India has a lot of talent. We just need the proper discipline, training and funding to become a force at the global level.'' WGAI President Satish Tandon said, ''the event will feature around 100 players.

''Chinese Taipei will send one of the largest contingents with at least 15 players while Japan has also requested for two berths.

He also informed that India has been awarded a wildcard entry for the Women's Golf World Cup.

He said ''professionalism is necessary to improve in any sport.

Unless your golfers are professionals you cannot improve.

''We have been successful in doing something about that. We hope that more and more girls will take up golf in the future.'' UNI AB RAR SSC1330

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