Nepal Golf Association is organising the Nepal Tourism Cup Golf Tournament at the Gokarna Golf Club from September 27-29.

The tournament is divided into two parts - team and corporate. According to NGA Youth Development Director Deepak Acharya, a total of five teams will take part in the first category.

"We have one each men's team from Gokarna Golf Club, Tribhuvan Army Officers Golf Club Royal Nepal Golf Club, Himalayan Golf Course of Pokhara and Dharan Golf Club," said Acharya at a press meet today.

Each team will be represented by two players of their respective clubs.

The teams will fight for the trophy in a 36-hole competition, to be played under stroke play format, on September 27-28.

"We had also planned to organise the women's competition but we were forced to cancel the event as we received just one entry," he added.

"Those who are interested can join the players from corporate and diplomatic sectors in the social event on the final day," said Acharya. The 13th South Asian Games double gold medallist, Subash Tamang, who will represent TAOGC, is scheduled to open the tournament on Monday.

According to the organisers, around 80 golfers, including 10-15 women players, will compete in the corporate tournament which features overall, women, gross, senior, and diplomat categories apart from other field prizes.

"The tournament was initiated with the objective of promoting tourism through sports as we believe golf and tourism can go hand in hand," said Acharya.

"We had 40 foreign players in the previous edition in 2019 but we could not organise the event last year due to coronavirus pandemic. We decided to give continuity to the event with local teams and players this time around, and we are committed to make it a big event from next edition."

NGA President Tashi Ghale thanked the sponsors and supporters for joining hands for the event.

Nepal Tourism Board is the main partner of the tournament, while National Sports Council, Samsung, Kelme, Gorkha Brewery, and Gokarna Forest Resort are the supporters of the event. NGA Treasurer Kishan Agrawal was also present on the occasion.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 25 2021, of The Himalayan Times.