Ahmedabad, Jan 12 (PTI) Spaniard Jorge Campillo warmed upfor the main event of the inaugural Gujarat KensvilleChallenge in great style when he led his team to victory inthe Pro-Am here today as the 2011 European Challenge Tourseason gets underway at the 7,250-yard Par-72 course.
Campillo''s team, which finished with a score of 54 at theKensville Golf and Country Club, comprised of amateurs PravitParikh, Nunjal Jaykrishna and Tejas Amin.
The quartet of Chirag Kumar (Professional) and amateursSahishav Sabapara, Bhavesh Dave and Vikram S Gahlot finishedsecond with a score of 55 points and pipped the foursome ofGaganjeet Bhullar, Sharvil Parikh, Vikas Gupta and ShashankSinha to the third place by a solitary stroke.
India''s Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan formallyinaugurated the event with a tee shot that was applauded evenby the professionals.
Jeev who played the pro-am along with his father "FlyingSikh" Milkha Singh withdrew from the main event due arecurring back problem, thus dashing his hopes of winning onhis ''home'' course which is hosting the first Challenge Tourevent to be played on Indian soil.
Jeev believes the event will aid the development of the54 home-grown players who will compete against 60 ChallengeTour Members for the �200,000 prize fund.
"If we had so many world-class tournaments in Indiaduring my early career, India would have had a Major Championby now. But I promise that day is not far away, especiallyafter what Arjun Atwal has achieved. This event willundoubtedly play a great role in enhancing the popularity ofthe sport," said Jeev.
"This is an excellent development for Indian golf, andour golfers will benefit greatly. Kensville is just the kindof course young Indian golfers need to get used to if theyhope to do well at the highest level. It''s a long windy coursewith lots of water hazards, which makes it a really sterntest," he added.
Former European Tour member Gaganjeet Bhullar willspearhead the home contingent, all of whom will be bidding tobecome the first Indian to win on the Challenge Tour.
The winner will walk away with a cheque of 32,000 euroswhile runner-up will be richer by 22,000 euros. .