PUNE: Defending champions United Services Club is raring to extend their hold on the title, by winning it for the fourth successive year.
Their captain Satpal Singh strongly believes that they can emerge champions in the 22nd edition of the Grover Zampa Vineyard Inter-Club Golf Championship, which tees off at the Poona Golf Course on Saturday.
Host Poona Golf Club and two clubs from Mumbai, Bombay Presidency Golf Club (BPGC) and Willingdon Sports Club will put up a strong challenge to halt the US Club’s run.
“We have created history by becoming champions in the last three years and everybody is looking to stop us, but we will continue our march to success. This year the competition is going to be fierce as everyone plays to win,” a confident Satpal Singh stated.
Meanwhile, Poona Club, who have lost only once in their own backyard, way back in 2004 to BPGC, are also keen to regain the title they last won in 2012 at home.
“We have the home advantage which would suit our players. The boys have been playing for the last six months and we are well aware of the course and that could give us an upper hand,”said the Poona Golf Club chief selector Kedar Bondte, on the eve of the championship.
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- Poona Club’s fight to regain the title would be spearheaded by GM Partwardhan, the senior most in the team. He would be ably supported by Anant Pandit, youngster Jay Shirke, Shishir Khosla along with the baby of the team Pratik Nirmale to name a few.
This year a ‘Super Seniors’ category has also been added with each club fielding an additional 6 players in the over 60 age category