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Pro golf set to return to Kashmir after eight years with J&K Open

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Srinagar: Bangalore professional Chikkarangappa S, who won the title at the Panchkula Golf Club last week, Indian star Jyoti Randhawa and Olympian Udayan Mane will be the top attractions when men’s professional golf returns to Kashmir Valley with the J&K Open 2021, to be held here from September 15-18.

Apart from Jyoti, 49, and currently occupying 50th place in the PGTI Order of Merit, 117 professionals including Udayan Mane, PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar, international winners Rashid Khan, Khalin Joshi, Viraj Madappa and former champion Chikkarangappa S, Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Manu Gandas among others will be seen in action.

The tournament is part of J&K Tourism’s initiative of promoting golf tourism in the region. Apart from Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar, Pahalgam Golf Course (Lidder Valley), Gulmarg Golf Club and Jammu Tawi Golf Course are in the region which has mesmerized golfers.

The 6445 metres course at a par of 72, designed by Robert Trent Jones II, itself is a challenge to golfers and is situated at the foot of the Zabarwan Mountains that descend onto the shores of the famed Dal Lake.

“The J&K Open 2021 is in line with our long-term objective of promoting professional golf in different parts of the country in order to grow the sport further,” said Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI.

“The return of men’s professional golf to the Kashmir valley gives us a great opportunity to showcase J&K as a golfing destination. We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with the PGTI,” said Sarmad Hafeez, secretary, tourism & culture department of Jammu & Kashmir while G N Itoo, director, J&K Tourism, added, “We look forward to transforming J&K into a major hub for golf tourism and into the golfing capital of the country.”

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