50th Hero Indian Open returns to DGC

Tue 17 Sep 2013

50th Hero Indian Open returns to DGC

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New Delhi, September 17: The golden jubilee 50th edition of the prestigious Hero Indian Open will be played at the scenic Delhi Golf Club from November 7 to 10. The prize purse for the event will be US$1.25 million.
The choice of venue is apt as the Hero Indian Open returns to the same course where its very first edition took place. With this move, fans from the most passionate golf hub in the country will be able to take in the celebrations.
It will also provide the top Asian Tour golfers a stirring setting to create their own piece of history in India’s oldest running international sports competition.
Mr. Pawan Munjal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., said: “We have arrived at a landmark juncture in the history of Indian golf. The 50th edition of the tournament is testimony to the rich tradition and long lasting value that the event has built.
“At Hero, it gives us great joy to be associated with this memorable journey. We look forward to celebrating this glorious occasion in Delhi with the entire golf fraternity including members, players and fans. Here’s to some magical golf for posterity and the rise of new golfing talent in this special edition.”
Sunil Manocha, Chief Operating Officer, Nimbus Sport said: “The golden jubilee edition of the Hero Indian Open is an important step in our journey to develop golf in India through our strategic partnership with the IGU. We are thrilled to promote this historic event with the involvement of all stakeholders.”
Gen. Bikram Singh, President, Indian Golf Union said: “It is a momentous occasion for the Indian Open Golf Championship that started its journey in 1964 at this very venue, to be back again on the same course having traversed 50 long years in the company of some of the most illustrious golfers of their time.
“The pace was set by the likes of Peter Thomson who not only won the event three times here but later went on to win the Open Championship five times. I am sure that winning the Indian Open will remain an ambition with many golfers, especially in India, it being one of the most prestigious events on the Asian Tour.
“We are extremely grateful to all our stake holders who have ensured the successful conduct of the tournament over the years and especially to the present title sponsors, Hero Moto Corp Ltd, for ensuring the grandeur of this year’s event against the historic setting of the Delhi Golf Club.”
I V S Juneja, President, Delhi Golf Club said: “We are privileged to have the opportunity to host the most momentous tournament in the history of Indian golf- the 50th edition of the Hero Indian Open. Twenty six editions of the Hero Indian Open have been played at the DGC, the most of any venue. We look forward to some thrilling golfing action involving the best talent from the region and the pristine course will provide a fantastic setting for both players and fans alike.”
Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han said: “As the Asian Tour is also celebrating our 10th season in 2013, we are delighted to be a part of what will be a milestone moment etched in the history of Asian golf. The Hero Indian Open has been one of the best organised events on the Asian Tour and with a deeply involved title sponsor like Hero MotoCorp, I’m sure this year’s tournament will be another grand success.”
The Hero Indian Open’s constant efforts to create a platform to bring the best golfers here has inspired many to pick up the game, making golf one of the fastest growing sports in the sub-continent. Since its inauguration in 1964, the Hero Indian Open has discovered many of the country’s finest talents, including the likes of Arjun Atwal, Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa, Shiv Kapur, Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar.
The Hero Indian Open has also attracted a stellar field of international players in the past such as Peter Hanson, James Morrison, Richie Ramsay, Eduardo Molinari, David Gleeson, Paul McGinley, Rikard Karlberg, Daniel Chopra, Mark Brown and Darren Beck.
About Hero Indian Open
The Hero Indian Open (Golf) is India’s longest running international sports competition and is held annually on the Asian Tour. Started in 1964, it has now been held for 49 years and celebrates its golden jubilee in 2013. With a total prize purse of US $1.25 million and featuring top Indian and international golfers, the Hero Indian Open is the flagship event of Indian golf.
About Nimbus Sport
Nimbus Sport is the full service sports marketing division of Nimbus Communications Ltd., specializing in television rights distribution and management, television production, sponsor services, event management, new media content and on-air advertising sales. Nimbus Sport has been involved in managing rights transactions worth over USD 2 billion to date, among the largest in Asia. It has extensive experience of rights management and/or television production with multiple sports federations and dozens of major sponsors. It is a leading producer of World Feeds of Live sports events with over 4500 hours of Live content delivered and also manages best-in-class sports events.
About the Indian Golf Union
The Indian Golf Union is recognized by the Government of India as the National Federation for both Amateur as well as Professional Golf in India. Among the objectives of the Union is the promotion of the game of golf, select team of Golfers to represent India in International Championships, prescribe and interpret the rules of golf, assist in the layout and upkeep of Golf Courses and in maintaining a standard system of handicapping. The Indian Golf Union has over 200 Golf Course affiliated to it along with numerous State Golf Associations. The National Golf Academy of India located at Chandigarh functions directly under the Indian Golf Union and is responsible for training the coaches.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf