Samarth looks to impress ahead of NCR Cup

A week after he finished runners up at the Tata Steel Northern India Amateur golf tournament in Gurgaon, India-born Thai golfer Samarth Dwivedi will look to go one better at the 8th NCR Cup begining Tuesday at the Delhi Golf Club. Vying for the title alongside Dwivedi will be 60 top amateurs of the country including Gagan Verma and Satwik Jain alongside 15 international participants.

While the tournament will be played in stroke play format, players will be playing as an individual as well as teams from different golf courses, states and organizations. The team winner will be decided after two days when the cut will be applied and the field will be reduced to 45 players who will vie for the title on Thursday and Friday. The Indian winner and runner-up of these two tournaments will be sent to participate in one of the National Amateur Championships of European region. The Delhi State Championships will be simultaneously held along with the Delhi NCR Cup.

Looking to make the most of local knowledge will be the DGC players -- Arshad Ali, winner of the 2011 Haryana Open and Gagan Verma. Foreign players include Geoff Rey Lenehan and John Greene from Ireland, Christof Korth and Klaus Michael Borbe from Germany, Dinesh Prajapati and Ashish Pariyar from Nepal, Vijitha Bandara and Sisira Kumara from Sri Lanka, Abbas Ali Khan, Sohaib S. Bokhari, Faisel Ali Malik, Sardar Murad, Amir Mahmood, Col. Muhammad Shafi and Col. Asif Mehdi from Pakistan.

Sohaib S Bokhari, who is leading the Pakistani contingent, sees such tournaments as an opportunity for Pakistani golfers to rub shoulders against better opponents and help build bridges with people across the border.

"The standard of golf in India is much higher. I feel it is good from our point of view that we play better opponents in India. We will get to learn from this experience," Bokhari, who was part of the two-member team that played here last year, said.

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