Former Asian Games gold medalist Rishi Narain won the Indian Golf Union’s 48th annual All India Seniors Golf Championship at Jaypee Greens Golf Resort, Greater Noida on July 13. Playing a three-day stroke play format, Narain prevailed in a sudden-death shootout against three-time senior winner Gangesh Khaitan. Cricket legend Kapil Dev finished third.
Rishi Narain is the second golfer to win all three IGU titles (among men): All India Junior Golf Championship, Amateur Golf Championship of India and All India Seniors Golf Championship. Amit Luthra was the first one to complete the trifecta. Narain had won the Juniors in 1979, amateurs in 1984 before triumphing at Senior Amateurs this year.
The tournament saw a record entry of 120 senior golfers (aged 50 years and above) from across the country.
The All India Mid-Amateur Championship (for players between 35 and 50 years of age) was played simultaneously with the Seniors. Simarjeet Singh from Noida Golf Course emerged winner with a total of even-par 288 (Rounds of 70,76,71,71).
Meanwhile, the four-member Delhi team- comprising Kapil Dev, Gangesh Khaitan, Dowlat Shah and Saniiv Kalra-won (overall gross) the inaugural All India Inter City Seniors Golf Tournament. They beat the team from Gurgaon, represented by Rishi Narain, Anil Jule, Kanwaliit Singh Cheema and Kulvinder Singh.