Srinagar, July : Jammu and Kashmir Golf Association has elected noted businessman and ace golfer Mushtaq Burza as its new President in the elections held on June 5 and 13.
Burza got the highest number of votes out of the 400 members of the association. The first round of election was held at SKICC on June 5 in which Association elected nine executive members. On June 13, executive members held its meeting in which Mushtaq Burza was elected as its President
While Mushtaq Burza was elected as President, KK Khosa was elected as Vice-President, Shabir Ahmad Bhat as General Secretary, RS Bali as Treasurer. Besides Sanjay Wahi and Nitin Wazir, MP Singh, Altaf Naik and Waqar Shuntoo are other members of the newly elected body.
The elections were held under the Supervision of Returning Office Justice (retd) MA Jan while Prof BA Shah and Bari Adnrabi were the observers from the J&K State Sports Council.
Burza who owns a famous chain of Hotels – Ahad Group of Hotels- is now JK Golf Association’s second President.
JK Golf Association which is government recognized body and affiliated with the Indian Golf Association aims to promote the game of golf among youngsters, school going children besides organizing tournaments in the State.
Highlighting the vast potential of the game in the state, Mushtaq Burza said J&K has most beautiful location and pleasant weather to attract golfers from around the world.
“J&K is a golfing destination. We have the oldest golf courses like Kashmir Golf Course and Gulmarg Golf Course. These oldest golf courses testify that Kashmir is an oldest golfing destination which needs to be promoted now properly,” said Burza.
Burza said his priority would be to promote the game at grass-root level and organize more tournaments.
“When we have best golf courses like Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar and also now bewitching Pahalgam Golf Course, we should be getting maximum number of golfers. Golfers are high-spending tourists which are visiting Kashmir in less numbers. Golf will increase the flow of high-spending tourists to Kashmir,” said Burza.
JK Golf Association also plans to organize coaching camps for school children.
“Golf has been now entertained in Olympics also. We need to inculcate golf playing interest among students. We will wish schools to take lead and organize camps for them so that we have professional golfers who carve a career out of this game,” said Burza.
Last year, the association has organized five tournaments in Kashmir but now the association’s wants to organize frequent tournaments.
“We will even attract foreign golfers especially from Japan and Korea who are golf lovers. More tournaments will help us promote our place as best golfing destination,” said Burza.