Challenge Tour to make first venture into India

The Kensville Golf Club near Ahmedabad, in the Indian state of Gujarat.

The Kensville Golf Club near Ahmedabad, in the Indian state of Gujarat.

The European Challenge Tour will make its first stop in India for the inaugural Gujarat Kensville Challenge, which opens the season Jan. 13 at Kensville Golf Club, near Ahmedabad.

The €200,000 co-sanctioned event will field 114 players – 60 from the Challenge Tour and 54 from the Professional Golf Tour of India.

“The popularity of golf in the subcontinent (of India) has increased dramatically in recent years,” said Alain de Soultrait, director of the Challenge Tour. “The tournament will give our members the chance to play in a new environment and experience a new culture, and also gives India’s best young golfing talent the opportunity to compete against some of Europe’s brightest talent.”

The 7,250-yard, par 72 parkland course opened in 2007 and was co-designed by Jeev Milkha Singh of India, a three-time European Tour champion, and K. D. Bagga.

Sameer Sinha, managing director at Kensville, said: “I believe that with this event golf has truly arrived in style in our state of Gujarat. We hope this event will be the first of many at Kensville in the coming years.”

The event is guaranteed for three years, the tour announced. The European Tour, which runs the Challenge Tour, staged its first India event in February 2008 and now has a regular tour stop at the DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi.

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