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'The Romance of the Indian Open' released

August 05, 2003 19:39 IST

'The Romance of the Indian Open', the first book written on the oldest international golf tournament in the country, was released at the Delhi Golf Club on Monday evening.

 The book, tracing the history of the tournament from 1964, has been written by veteran sports journalist, K R Wadhwaney.

The book was released by veteran golfer Rohtas Singh, who holds the distinction of winning over 100 professional tournament titles over a span of 35 years, on the Hero Honda Indian Golf Tour.  Former North Zone cricketer and national selector, Akash Lal, spoke about Wadhwaney contribution to Indian sport and wished the book success.

The book has been published Arun Malhotra of the Delhi-based Siddharth Publications.

'The Romance of the Indian Open' provides a detailed description of the genesis of the tournament, reports of the 40 Indian Opens held thus far and his observations on certain aspects of the game.

The book also has an insight into the achievements of some of India's golfing greats, including the legendary Billoo Sethi, the first and only golfer to win the tournament while still an amateur, two-time Indian Open winner Ali Sher, and modern day stars like Jyoti Randhawa and Vijay Kumar.

It also talks about eminent personalities in Indian golf, like Surendra Lall, Ms. Sita Rawley, Dr. Bharatram, Siddharth Shriram, Brandon de Souza and SS Bedi.

In addition to this, there is a chapter on various golf courses in India, which offers a deep insight into the progress the country has made in the sport.