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Indian golf has great future: Kapil

"Indian golfers are making headlines over the past three to five years," said the cricketer who is also a member of Asian Professional Golfers' Association.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 13:39 IST

If the golf talent in India is tapped and nurtured properly it could revolutionise the professional game in Asia, said cricketer Kapil Dev, also a board member of the Asian Professional Golfers' Association Tour (APGA), here Thursday.

"Indian golfers are already making headlines over the past three to five years and events such as the Amby Valley Asian Masters are indeed a positive step forward for Indian golf," he said ahead of the Amby Valley Asian Masters starting at Amby Valley Sahara Lake City in Mumbai May 11.

"Events like this serve as a platform as you don't know you have the talent unless you try, and once people try, only then will they know that they are good enough.

"Tournaments like the Amby Valley Asian Masters will help churn out the skillful and the talented," said India's lone cricket World Cup-winning captain who took to golf in a big way after retiring in 1994.

With great champions, like Arjun Atwal and Jeev Milkha Singh, emerging from India and new events being launched, Kapil predicted India might well be the new force in the region in terms of the number of events staged on the Asian Tour and the quality of talent.

Asian Tour chief executive Louis Martin agreed with Kapil.

"India has a strong domestic circuit which provides the foundation for growth. The elite players have stamped their mark on the Asian Tour but there is a need to grow more events here and the signs are encouraging," he said.

Martin hoped said that the Amby Valley event would be the start of several more new events in India.

Amby Valley Masters is the 13th leg of this season's Asian Tour.