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Irina Brar to lead challenge

KOLKATA: India's top golfer, Irina Brar of Chandigarh along with debutante Shraddhanjali Singh of Jamshedpur and veteran Vandana Agarwal of Kolkata would spearhead the country's challenge in the Asia-Pacific ladies' amateur invitational golf championship for the Queen Sirikit Cup to be played at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club from April 5 to 7.

The 54-hole strokeplay championship will be a real test for the three Indians, for the course is expected to play long and conditions will be windy. Chairperson of the Indian Golf Union's ladies section, Anu Bindra, will accompany the team as its non-playing captain.

As many as 14 countries, including Australia, China, Japan, Korea and India, will be participating in the 28th edition.

Speaking to the media on the composition of the team, Ms. Bindra said Irina qualified to represent the country as the best lady golfer. "The Indian Ladies Golf Union invited the other five top golfers — Shruti Khanna, Vandana, Shraddhanjali, Sharmila Nicollet of Bangalore, Bhavna and Meghana

Bal of Delhi, presently based in Florida (U.S) — to a three-day trial at Kolkata in which Shraddhanjali and Vandana stood first and second and made it to the Indian team,'' she said. — Special Correspondent

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