Golf Authority On Anvil, More Golf Courses In Pipeline5 November 2011
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir will soon have a Golf Authority which would consolidate the efforts for making the game popular. More golf courses are in pipeline to make the state the best destination for playing the Golf. This was revealed by Union Minister for Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah and Minister of State for Home and Tourism Nasir Aslam Wani at the prize distribution ceremony of TCI Max invitational golf tournament held at Royal Spring Golf Course here today. Tramboo Cements Team lifted the day long tournament of 2011 while as Tourism team finished runner up. Lauding the TCI Max for organizing the tournament, Dr Abdullah said that local corporate houses should come forward to popularize the game. He mentioned that earlier Ahad Group of Hotels organized a similar event in Pahalgam. “This will help to lure the young generation towards the golf” he said.“Kashmir Valley has one of the best golf courses in the whole world. I am very happy to see that local corporate houses are investing in this sector, I urge more and more and local corporate houses to invest in this industry,” He said the efforts are on to construct more golf courses in the State. “The Tourism Minster has already planned to have Golf course in Leh and an 18 Hole golf course is being completed in Jammu,” Farooq informed. Dr Abdullah counseled the state government to pick up a well known golfer to head the Golf Authority make the present golf industry a more professional one “Sate Government should create Golf Authority in the J&K to make this industry a professional. There is an urgent need to introduce professional golf coaches in the state as the state lacks professionalism in this area,” he said. Nasir Aslam Wani announced that state government was contemplating to have Golf Authority in the state very soon. “It will go a long way in consolidating the efforts to popularize the game” he said. He hailed the organizers saying “it’s a good initiative taken by the local entrepreneurs of the state “Golf tourism is gaining momentum in J&K and in the coming years we will” Wani said that focused attention is being given to promote the golf courses in the State. He said that a plan has been chalked out to organize more golf tournaments in near future. Earlier Dr Abdullah and Wani gave away prizes to the players. In the Highest Margin category Nazir Zulfikar Husain emerged as the winner, Closest Pin Category was grabbed by A M Watali and Mubarik Rah, Straightest Drive category was won by young Taha Iqbal and Closest Pin on 18th hole was secured by Ashiq Husain. About 80 golfers participated in the Tournament. TCI Max chairman Mohammad Shafi Trumboo, Director Ishfaq Trumboo, Director TCI Umar Trumboo, Naveed Trumboo, Director Khyber Industries Umar Trumboo, Managing Director Jamkash Vehicleades Irfan Ahmad, Chairman Ahad Group of Hotels Mushtaq Burza and Vice Chairman Kashmir Economic Alliance Iqbal Trumboo were present on the occasion.