Lt Governor attends finals of PGTI’s ‘J&K Open 2022’

LG Manoj Sinha presenting trophy to Secy Tourism Sarmad Hafeež in presence of Advisor RR Bhatnagar at JTGC on Saturday.
LG Manoj Sinha presenting trophy to Secy Tourism Sarmad Hafeež in presence of Advisor RR Bhatnagar at JTGC on Saturday.

* Yuvraj Singh Sandhu emerges winner

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 10: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha attended the finals of the 2nd edition of “J&K Open 2022” Golf Tournament at Jammu Tawi Golf Course, Sidhra, here today.
Organized by Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and presented by J&K Tourism, the tournament, with a prize purse of Rs. 40 lakh, has brought together the National and International Golfers for the first time in the region, marking their debut in Jammu’s Golfing circle. The tournament is part of J&K Tourism’s unique initiative of promoting golf tourism in the region.
Yuvraj Singh Sandhu of Chandigarh stamped his authority with a resounding seven-shot win at the Rs 40 lakh J&K Open Golf tournament. Sandhu (69-70-65-71), the overnight leader by four shots, shot a steady one-under 71 in the last round to total 13-under 275 for the tournament and claim his fourth career win and third title this season.
Sandhu, who bagged the winner’s cheque worth Rs 6 lakh, consolidated himself in second position on the PGTI Order of Merit.
Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi (70-68-70-74) secured the runner-up spot at six-under 282 after firing a 74 in round four at the tournament presented by J&K Tourism. Gurugram’s Manu Gandas (67) took the third place at three-under 285.
Chandimandir’s Ravi Kumar shot the day’s best score of 66 to clinch 11th place at two-over 290, while Rashid Khan was tied 21st at six-over 294, the 2021 champion Honey Baisoya was tied 25th at seven-over 295 and Olympian Udayan Mane was tied 28th at eight-over 296.
Pertinently, the UT Government is making dedicated efforts to popularize Golf among youth and make the game more inclusive and accessible to common masses to bring J&K on the international Golfing map with an opportunity for local talent to showcase their skills.
J&K is emerging as a major hub for Golf in the country. The administration has ensured world-class facilities for international golfers and advanced coaching for students of government schools.
Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI thanked J&K Tourism, Jammu Tawi Golf Course and the UT Administration for their support for making the tournament a grand success.
Advisor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Mukesh Singh ADGP Jammu; Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary to Govt, Tourism & Youth Services and Sports; Avny Lavasa, Deputy Commissioner Jammu; Minga Sherpa, Managing Director JKTDC; Vivekanand Rai, Director Tourism Jammu; Sunaina Sharma, Joint Director, Tourism Jammu; Manav Gupta, Secretary, Jammu Tawi Golf Course, besides officials of PGTI & JTGC; professional and budding golfers were present on the occasion.