Srinagar, June 8 (UNI) Third inter-state golf tournament between hosts Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar was held at Royal Springs Golf Course (RSGC) in the Zabarwan foothills and banks of the famed Dal Lake here today.
The day-long tournament was teed off by the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha along with Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
The Governor said with the improvement and upgradation of golf courses at Pahalgam and Gulmarg and setting up of a new golf course at Sidhra in Jammu the game will get impetus in the State.
Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the 3rd Inter-State Golf Tournament between Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar, the Governor hoped that more golfers would come to the Valley and participate in the golf tournaments.
The Chief Minister said Kashmir with breathtaking natural beauty, soothing climate and world class golf course has a great scope for promotion of golf tourism.
He said Kashmir has vast scope for golfing and one could play golf here for about 7 months in a year because of the pleasant weather.
Refferring to the RSGC, the Chief Minister said that it is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world located in the Zabarwan foothills and banks of the famed Dal Lake.
He invited golfers from across the world to come and play golf in Kashmir. He said that golf tournaments can promote tourism in a big way.
The Chief Minister thanked the Governor for starting Inter-State Golf Tournament between Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar last year and this is the third event in the series. He emphasized the need for organizing similar tournaments with other states of the country.
Former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah stressed on the need for promotion of golf in the State so that local youth also get opportunity to play the sport at national and international level.
He complimented the Governor and the Chief Minister for promoting golf in the State.
The participants from Bihar described RSGC as a superb golf course where every golfer would cherish to play.
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