Golf is set to make its quiet debut at the National Games on Thursday

Some of the best professional and amateur golfers will be seen in action at Kensville Golf and Country Club over the next four days as the discipline makes its quiet National Games debut on Thursday.

A total of 71 players, including 38 men and 33 women, will do their best to secure a place on the podium as the competitions take place in individual and team events.

According to Tournament Director Ishwar Achanta, each of the 11 participating teams will have one professional golfer and one amateur golfer.

“In 11 state teams, when you take both men and women, there will be 44 players. the top 16 from the PGTI, WGAI AND IGU merit lists will also be part of the individual competition,” Ishwar said on Wednesday.

Even though some competitions, including a PGTI event in Panchkula, are held close to the National Games, well-known professionals such as Karandeep Kochhar, Aman Raj, Ridhima Dilawari and Vani Kapoor and top amateur Avani Prashanth and No. 3 Kriti Chowhan will be part of the four-day event here.

Ishwar said this exposure will make young golfers feel like they are participating in a multi-sport event. “The National Games are for everyone. This is the unmissable event for all budding golfers.

“There are a few challenges (in terms of the course) but we are managing,” said Ishwar, who is also the treasurer of the Indian Golf Union and the association secretary of Tamil Nadu.

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