Top amateurs for PSPB Inter – Unit Golf Tourney

golf-1Digboi: The cream of Indian amateur golfing circuit will converge on a single platform to show their wares as the 33rd PSPB Inter-Unit Golf Tournament will tee off at the par-72 Digboi Club Golf Links here from Thursday. This year the event is being hosted by India’s national flagship oil major – Indian Oil Corporation Limited.

The four-day golfing extravaganza which is also the most prestigious event on the Indian Golf Union’s amateur calendar begins with a one-day stableford event and will be followed by the two-day main event to be played on a stroke play format.

Each of the team comprises of a minimum of three and a maximum of five members. Three best scores will count towards the team’s day total and the two- day aggregate will decide the team championship. An individual Strokeplay competition will further add to the excitement of the proceedings.

In addition to the ‘Teams’ and ‘Individual’ competition, there will be a separate competition for teams in the ‘Handicap category’, while other interesting ‘Skills’ competitions like ‘Long Driving’ and ‘Closest-to-the-pin’ and many more will ensure all the participants are kept enthused.

On the competition front, defending champions Oil India which is spearheaded by the in-form Udayan Mane, the current leader on the IGU Order of Merit list, former three-time Sri Lankan Open Amateur winner Simarjeet Singh who is ranked third on the OOM, Manav Das (No.4), Abhijeet Chadha and Samarth Dwivedi (No.5) form a formidable side. The other players to watch out for include the likes of Gagan Verma, Trishul Chinnappa (both IOCL), Karan Taunk, Syed Saqib Ahmed, Vikram Rana (all ONGC) and Jasjeet Singh (GAIL) amongst others. Sabeena Chowdhary representing hosts IOCL (AOD) and Gowri Monga (GAIL) are the only two lady participants in a total field of 120.

“Staging the PSPB Golf Championship in this historic oil town of Digboi is relevant as the golf links is steeped in history, just as is the Digboi Refinery. Digboi Golf Links is a natural course with an interesting and challenging layout of 72 par. I am sure the Golfers will soak in the scenic beauty around the course while also countering the challenges the course has to offer,” said Barun Barpujari, Executive Director, IOCL (AOD) and Chairman, Organising Committee. In a first of its kind, this edition of the PSPB is being staged as a carbon neutral event.

The Digboi Club Golf Links has been the home for many reputed golf events including the IndianOil Xtra Premium Masters Golf, a professional event which is being held from the past 13 years. The course has been given a facelift and is primed to host the mega event. The drains (nalas) which criss-cross the course will test the golfers’ accuracy.