Jeev honoured with Asia Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award

Jeev Milkha Singh, the ace golfer from Chandigarh who celebrated his 41st birthday in advance, was honoured with the Asia Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award alongside 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus and eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie of Scotland, at Brunei.

The honour was given to Jeev during the 13th edition of the Asian Golf Monthly Awards, widely regarded as the region's premier annual poll of golfing establishments in the Asia Pacific.

The award was given on the eve of the sixth edition of the Royal Trophy between Asia and Europe.

"This is a massive recognition for something that I have absolutely loved to do for the past two decades," said Jeev, who turned 41 on Saturday.

"This is one of the most prestigious awards in Asia Pacific region, but to be named alongside someone like Jack Nicklaus and Colin really doesn't get any better than this."

"Both Nicklaus and Colin have been great inspirations for me through everything they achieved in their sterling careers. And this award simply adds to my motivation to try and become even better and bring more glory to Asian and Indian golf."

The award for Jeev came in recognition of his achievements around the world, including four titles in Europe, four in Japan and six others on Asian Tour. Overall he has 19 international titles and has twice won the Asian Tour Order of Merit over two decades. Jeev, son of India's legendary athlete, Milkha Singh, turned professional in 1993.

Montgomerie also received a Lifetime Achievement Award, while the inaugural Asia Pacific Golf Group Global Legacy Award was bestowed upon Jack Nicklaus.

Chandigarh Golfing Tour on anvil

Chandigarh:A total of 76 golfers from 11 countries will participate in the eight edition of the Chandigarh Golfing Tour to be played on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club, Panchkula Golf Club and the Forest Hill golf resort from December 21 to 23. Among those, 3 entries are from NRI's based in the United States of America. Besides the 34 participants from the USA, there would be 18 NRI's from Canada. Meanwhile, the other confirmed entries are eight from Australia, five from Singapore, four from the UK, two from Dubai and one each from Brazil, France, New Zealand, Netherlands and Kuwait. The golf tourism event will begin with a tee-off at the Chandigarh Golf Club on December 21. The tournament will then shift to the nine-hole Forest Hill golf resort for the second round while the Panchkula Golf Club will host the third round and the prize distributing function on December 23. The format of play will be strokeplay with handicap applied on Peoria system of scoring. Besides the gross scoring for the overall champion, there will be contests in 0-14 and 15-24 handicap categories. In all the three rounds, there will be prizes for longst drive and closest to pin. The overall best gross scorer will be declared the overall champion.

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