Pakistan golf officials want India to revive Kirlosker Trophy

June 23rd, 2011 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, June 23 (IANS) The Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) is trying to persuade the Indian Golf Union (IGU) to revive the prestigious Kirlosker Trophy - a tournament featuring leading golfers from the two countries - later this year.

Taimur Hassan, secretary of the PGF, said the Kirlosker Trophy was a great tournament and should be revived.

“It can once again provide a great platform to golfers from both countries to play against each other and promote healthier sporting ties,” he said.

The Kirlosker Trophy was an annual feature but has not been played since the 2007 edition when India defeated Pakistan to retain the title at the Islamabad Golf Club. India was to host the 2008 edition but the tournament was scrapped after the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

The PGF hoped to use this October’s lucrative Indian Open as a launch pad for their top professionals. Taimur said he will hold talks with top IGU officials in Geneva to promote “stronger golfing ties” between the two neighbours.

“We have good relations with India’s golf fraternity as we keep meeting each other every now and then at international forums and competitions,” said Taimur, one of Pakistan’s most successful golfers.

“I will be meeting a top representative from India in Geneva in August and will discuss the possibility of promoting stronger golfing ties between Pakistan and India,” he said.

While Indian golf has progressed enormously over the past decade or so, the sport has not really taken off in Pakistan.

At a time when top Indian stars like Jeev Milkha Singh are making headlines in the world of golf, top Pakistani pros like Shabbir Iqbal are not even competing in professional events at the regional level.

Taimur said he would like to meet the IGU official on the sidelines of the Rolex Open in Geneva in August and will try and get berths for Shabbir and his compatriot Muhammad Munir on the 2011 Indian Open.

“I will see whether something can be worked out so that Shabbir and Munir can play in the Indian Open. It will be a great platform for the duo,” he said.

The 48th edition of the Indian Open will make its return onto the Asian Tour from October 13-16 with a record prize purse of $1.5 million. It will be the richest full-field Asian Tour event which means that India’s national championship will feature prominently on the Asian Tour schedule for the next three years.

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