Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: ‘The A-Team’ aided by some top-drawer showing by veteran Rishi Narain, beat ‘Baale Golf’ to win the Delhi Golf Club League title here on Saturday.
At one stage the matches were evenly balanced but Narain’s effort along with that of his team mates helped ‘The A-Team’ to 4 wins out of the 7 games. ‘The A-Team’ tallied 10.5 points against ‘Baale Golf’s’ tally of 7 points.
The ‘Baale Golf’ line-up too boasted of another veteran Amit Luthra but they could manage wins in only 3 games.
In the match for the 3rd and 4th positions, team ‘BMW Deutsche-Motoren’ outplayed “Christie’s Golf’ to make their own the 3rd position with wins in 4 of their 7 matches. ‘BMW Deutsche-Motoren’ tallied 9.5 points as against ‘Christie’s’ 6.5 points.
The tournament was played on a “Four-ball better-ball Matchplay” Format. It was conducted in two stages – a Round Robin stage followed by a Knock-out stage. During each playoff match between two teams, each team fielded 7 pairs (14 players). One pair from each team played against a pair from the other team in a “Four-ball better-ball” Matchplay format with all the players playing off 75% of their original handicaps. The teams got points for their wins. The 20 teams were divided into 4 groups. After the Round Robin stage, 2 teams from each group qualified for the Knock-out stage starting with the Quarter-finals.
Some of the biggest names in the golfing world who have honed their skills at the Delhi Golf Club, were involved with the League at different levels, including three Arjuna Award winners – Shiv Kapur, Nonita Lal Qureshi and Amit Luthra.
Gaurav Ghei – the first ever Indian golfer to qualify for the Open Championship ‘97; Vivek Bhandari – winner of the Honda-Siel PGA Championship ’97; Arjun Singh – winner of the Wills Masters ’98; Asian Tour regulars – Chiragh Kumar and Amandeep Johl; leading Ladies Tour professionals Mehar Atwal and Ayesha Kapur, top Coaches Jasjit Singh and Ajai Gupta were also involved in the League .
The 20 teams -‘The A-Team’, ‘Sterling Swingers’, ‘Baale Golf’, Eagles & Birdies’, ‘Christie’s Golf’, ‘SwingKKings’, ‘Shiva Motocorp. Land Rover’, Bajaj Foundation’, Tee Birds’, The Pioneers’, Team Coca-Cola’ ’24 Secure Lions’, ‘TEEm EDC”, Athletic Drive’, ‘BMW-Deutsche Motoren’, ‘Delhi Tigers’, ‘Birdie Machine’, Ardee Par Excellence, robo4me and B i Luxury, with the last three being new entrants into the field.- took part in the league