Pune, Sep 20: The two-day AVT Champions tour ended with Delhi based DIG Pushpendra Singh Rathore, of the Border Security Force (BSF) walking away as the winner whereas while former India International David D’Souza was declared the runner-up, here at the Oxford golf resort on Friday.
Pushpendra ended up with a gross score of 143 with rounds of 71 and 72 respectively over 36 holes. David D’Souza, on the other hand, notched a total score of 145 with 75 and 70 respectively in each round.
The AVT Champions Tour, co-sponsored by Incredible India is meant for senior golfers and is only the second national-senior (50 years and above) golf tournament in this country.
The two day event saw over 100 golfers participating in the Pune Leg from 10 different cities which included star senior golfers like former world cup winning Indian Captain, Kapil Dev, who was the winner in the 60-64 individual age category along with former All India Senior Golf Champion Vijay Kumar was the runner up of the respective category.
''Winning is always a good feeling. The AVT tour is a brilliant step towards helping us senior amateur golfers play more consistently now for a goal. The senior's tour has revived the competitive spirit and winning amongst some really talented golfers is a feeling that is worth being cherished,'' said Kapil Dev on winning the individual age category.
Meanwhile, former All India Senior Golf Champion Gangesh Khaitan was the winner in the individual age category of 65 and above. Also, former Asian Games Gold Medalist and 2018 IGU Senior All India National Champion as well as the winner of the first leg of the AVT Champions Tour Rishi Narain was the winner in the 55-59 individual age category.
There were also individual prizes for women golfers who participated in the leg where the Best Gross Winner was Tasreem Kazi with a score of 173 and the Best Nett Winner went to Punam Kalra who ended with a score of 139.
The inaugural year of the annual AVT Champions Tour Golf is being played across four locations in India. Classic Golf & country club hosted the first leg, and the third leg ended at the Oxford Golf Course, Pune over 19th and 20th September 2019.
The fourth and final leg will be played in the month of January in Kolkata. Four AVT Events, in the year, will be played to supplement the National Championship to provide the Tournament practice to the Indian Team for the forthcoming international events like Asia Pacific and others.
The AVT Champions tour is an innovative first-of-its-kind initiative promoting competitive golf amongst senior golfers, similar to what happens across America.
India Currently has only one tournament catering to senior golfers and the AVT Champions Tour is a step forward in building a robust tour for the senior golfers in India. (UNI)