India’s Top Golf Players Play Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2021
The first round of the 2021 Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational begins at 6:50 a.m. Thursday at Chandigarh Golf Course, a tree-lined course that over the past half-century has produced the majority of India’s best golfers, including including the host, Jeev. With a par of 72, the Chandigarh golf course has 4 par 5s, 4 par 3s and 10 par 4s. Now is the time for serious golf for the next four days after the fun Pro Am in which the pros had a feel for the golf course and members had the chance to play with the pros and get some tips from them.
It is the main prize money event of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) along with the year-end Tata Steel Tour Championship with a total prize money of ₹1.5 crore and offering a 1st prize of ₹24 lakh or 16% of the total prize money. This is the 20th event of the 24 events offered in the combined pandemic-hit 2020-21 PGTI season.
Local winner predicted in perfect time
The golf club and course are all adorned with colorful flags, sponsor hoardings and nighttime celebration lights. The fairways are green and soft and Bermuda’s speed can reach 10-11 on the stimmeter on day four provided they are polished with the roll. The bunkers are soft with new sand and the rough is fair and about 2-3 inches high in places.
The Tournament Director decided against invoking the Preferred Lie Rule as many pros expected it due to the early morning dew which keeps the fairways soft until around 10 a.m. and alongside the warmer temperature cool, holes play longer because the ball flies shorter in the cold and has little roll due to the dew factor.
A local winner is expected and a winning score of 15-20 under par will be easily achievable as the weather is perfect with negligible wind and the soft fairways and greens with short irons in the par 4s and 2s of the par 5s are easily accessible.
Great Opportunity for Tricity Golf Fraternity
This is a great opportunity for the tricity golf fraternity of nearly 10,000 members of Chandigarh Golf Club, Panchkula Golf Club, CGA Golf Range, Mohali Golf Range, SEPTA, Chandimandir and Forest Hills Golf Resort from watch India’s top golf players in action including Jeev Milkha Singh, Defending Champion and Chief Order of Merit Karandeep Kochhar, Jyoti Randhawa, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Shiv Kapur, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Jairaj Singh Sandhu, Viraj Madappa and Adil Bedi, and support the 25 local entrants, comprising a staggering 22 pros and three amateurs who play in Chandigarh.
It will be especially beneficial for aspiring juniors, amateurs and children of Tricity golf to learn from the best golf professionals who will land some of the most incredible drives, chips and putts over the next four days. They can learn a lot by seeing their swings, short game, putting strokes, equipment, fitness, and course management in person.
Carnival atmosphere on the course
The golf club planned to have a carnival atmosphere for its members during the week on the sidelines with daily lunches on the lawn, a club night ending with a free gala lunch followed by the distribution of prizes on Sunday.
For me it is always a pleasure to play my home course and I am grateful to my childhood golf partner, Jeev, and the TAKE Sports sponsors for inviting me to participate.
I spent the Pro Am day fine-tuning various aspects of my game and following the guidance of experienced CGA coach Jesse Grewal, who has guided me over the past six months. I prefer to take it easy the day before the event and especially on a course where I spent 45 years. My game and fitness are improving day by day and I have taken up some good physical work and re-started mobility exercises and good nutrition as I look forward to the 11:40 am tee off #1 with the champ of Indian Open Firoz Ali of Royal Calcutta Golf Club and maverick Ashok Kumar of Delhi Golf Club.
The presence of the legends and parents of Jeev, Mr. and Mrs. Milkha Singh, will be missed, and the smooth running of this prestigious tournament will pay them a deserved tribute. [email protected]
The writer is an Asian Tour winner and an Arjuna Awardee in golf