Kapil Dev will Tee Off in Pro-Am Golf Tourney

Kapil Dev will Tee Off in Pro-Am Golf Tourney

Post by Vicky B. Vigneswar » Fri, 18 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Thursday 17, October 1996

Kapil Dev will tee off in Pro-Am golf tourney


The first Pro-Am golf tournament named the `Deutsche  Bank  Clas-
sic'  will  feature former cricketing `great' Kapil Dev as one of
its celebrities.

Kapil, the former Indian captain and all-rounder is  the  present
world record holder for the largest number of Test wickets (434).

Since retiring from the game three years ago,  he  has  become  a
keen golfer with a handicap of eight.

Kapil is expected to add sparkle to  the  tournament  which  will
also  feature  several  of  Sri Lanka's leading golfers including
professionals Nandasena Perera and Faisal Qureshi of Pakistan and
leading amateurs Tissa Chandradasa and Anura Rohana.

A total of 150 local amateur golfers are expected to  participate
in this event which will be held at the Royal Colombo Golf Course
(RCGC) on October 26.

The tournament is open to all members of the RCGC with valid han-

Another top class cricketer, Wasim Akram,  the  Pakistan  captain
was  also  billed  to  take  part. However, he has been forced to
forego the tournament because of  his  father's  ill-health  and,
that  he  is  undergoing training in preparation for next month's
three-nation Champions trophy cricket tournament in Sharjah.

"Akram is a very keen golfer. He showed his prowess on the  green
when  Pakistan last came to Sri Lanka two years ago,'' said tour-
nament convenor Rosanna Flamer-Caldera at a press conference held
at the RCGC on Tuesday.

She said that Kapil had confirmed his participation in the  tour-
nament and that he would be arriving in Sri Lanka on October 24.

"The Deutsche Bank Classic is  another  addition  to  the  bank's
sport  sponsorship  activities. Besides the long established sup-
port of contemporary arts and charity, sporting events are anoth-
er  focus  of the bank's international sponsorship policy,'' said
Deutsche Bank Colombo branch general manager Stefan Mahrdt.

"There is no limit to what we can sponsor. If we think the  sport
is  valuable  for  society we would not hesitate to sponsor it,''
said Mahrdt.

"Although we have sponsored sports events elsewhere, this is  the
first  time  we  have undertaken to sponsor a sports event in Sri
Lanka,'' he said.

The bank is offering attractive prizes for all  categories  (men,
women  and juniors). There will be a team prize as well as prizes
for the nearest to the pin and hole-in-one.

Captain of the club,  Major-General  C.  Thurairaja  thanked  the
sponsors  for supporting the tournament and also resident profes-
sional Faisal Qureshi, who will be organising the tournament.

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