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NPGA President's Cup tees off today



KATHMANDU: The NPGA President’s Cup is beginning here at the par-67 Royal Nepal Golf Club from Tuesday.

The fifth event under the Surya Nepal Golf Tour 2012-13 will be played over 54 holes on stroke play format. Cut will be applied after the second round and top 20 players and ties will make it to the money-making final round.

The fourth edition of the tournament — sponsored by Nepal Professional Golfers Association (NPGA) President Rabindra Man Shrestha — carries a total cash purse of Rs 300,000, with an increment of 50 per cent. The top three pros will receive Rs 55,000, Rs 38,000 and Rs 28,000 respectively. Others in the top 20 will also get their share of cash prize.

NPGA President Shrestha said the golfers need more platforms to showcase their talent. “Our pros and amateurs need platform, and my support is geared towards creating a better environment for competitive golf,” said Shrestha.

The field includes the likes of defending champion Ramesh Nagarkoti, Nepal No 1 Shiva Ram Shrestha, who has just returned home after finishing 36th in the Professional Golf Tour of India, and teaching pro in Germany Sabin Sapkota. Others in contention will be the winner of previous event Ram Thapa, veteran Deepak Thapa Magar along with former Nepal No 1 Rabi Khadka, Ramesh Adhikari and Umesh Nagarkoti.

In amateur section, No 1 Bikash Bogati, Dinesh Prajapati, Sunil KC, Bishnu Sharma, Ashish Pariyar and Michael Rai will be in fray for the top honour.

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