The highly exciting and nail-biting competition in Indian domestic golf is set to make a second appearance. With a new venue and an addition of a new team, which will add an exciting new flavor and spice things up, the Louis Philippe Cup only promises to get bigger and better.
The Louis Philippe Cup is India’s premier domestic golf tournament where top ranked professionals and amateurs from 8 cities will lock horns for highest honors. The event scheduled to take place from the 11-16 of February 2013, at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort is endorsed and sanctioned by the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).
This is an important new format innovation in professional golf and has become a game changer in the way fans relate to India’s top golf stars. Professionals would earlier play individually and this tournament now provides an opportunity for them to play in city based format.
The participating cities in this year’s edition are Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and the latest inclusion, Greater Noida.
The inclusion of amateur players is an integral component of the tournament and is a platform for them to play alongside the top pro golfers, giving them a once in a lifetime opportunity to rub shoulders with the proven masters of the greens, in a PGTI sanctioned tournament.
The tournament format is based on the extremely popular Alfred Dunhill Cup that was part of the European Tour from 1985 – 2000. Promoted as the “World Team Championships”, this event saw participation from famous players like Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, and Phil Mickelson among others.
The Louis Philippe Cup, commencing on 11th February 2013, will begin with a practice round on Day 1, followed by Pro-Am on Day 2 where a field of 96 golfers, consisting of 24 pros and 72 invitee golfers, will tee off.
Post the Pro-Am, the tournament will move to the business end of affairs as Day 3 marks the beginning of the Louis Philippe Inter-City Pro-Am where all 8 participating cities consisting of 3 professionals and 3 amateurs (maximum handicap 15) each, will fight for the inter city pro-am title. The winner will be decided after 2 rounds of 18-hole stroke play format on 13th and 14th of February, 2013.
Based on the results of Louis Philippe Inter-City Pro-Am, the teams will be seeded from 1 to 8 for some scintillating action packed final two rounds of the tournament. Adding to the excitement of passionate golf fans, these rounds will exclusively feature the professionals in a nail-biting competition. The championship will be decided by a 36-hole match play.
Of the 3 professional team members, 2 members will be selected on the basis of the PGTI Order of Merit for 2012 as of December 2012 while the third member of each city team will be a sponsor’s choice.
The selection of the 3 amateur golfers will happen through qualifying rounds at independent golf clubs in the 8 participating cities between 15 November, 2012 and 15 January, 2013. The 24 amateurs thus selected, will play for their respective city teams on the first two days of the main championship.
The aim is to establish the Louis Philippe Cup as the most talked about event in the golf industry. Eventually, the inclusion of more cities in the format will lead to an increase in the number of players and corporate support. With the tournament growing bigger in the years to come, an increase in the fan base will lead to more people being encouraged to learn and develop a passion for golf.Read More