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Golf Club fortunes: Lawyer,ex-Armyman in pitched battle

This year’s elections to the prestigious Chandigarh Golf Club seem to be a straight fight between a lawyer and a retired Armyman.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh |
April 15, 2009 3:47:24 am

This year’s elections to the prestigious Chandigarh Golf Club seem to be a straight fight between a lawyer and a retired Armyman. As Col A P Singh (Retd) and Barinder Gill gear up for the battle,it is for the first time in donkey’s years that no bureaucrat is contesting for the top slot.

Nearly 1,800 members will vote in the polls slated for April 26 (Sunday). Gill filed his nomination on April 10 while Singh followed the next day. The last date for withdrawing nominations is April 16.

The sitting president Principal Secretary (Local Bodies) D S Bains,a senior IAS officer of the Punjab cadre,is not contesting. “I have sent a letter to all members enumerating the achievements during my tenure — we reduced catering cost by 12 per cent,employed a course manager,set up a computerised sprinkler system at a cost of Rs 49 lakh,renovated the bar,gazebo and gymnasium,raised the club corpus to Rs 4.25 crore and earned Rs 35 lakh as profit. Now due to official and family commitments,I will not contest the elections this year,” said Bains.

Gill,who lost to Bains by 45 votes the last time,said: “Our main agenda is to ensure judicious use of club funds. We plan to upgrade the greens to bring it at par with other golf courses in the country. Therefore,it is essential to formulate a masterplan with the help of experts and professional golfers. We will complete the computerised underground water irrigation system to cover all 18 holes and upgrade the facilities on the golf range — provide newer golf balls and hitting mats throughout the year.”

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Gill has been elected vice-president twice,once each as honorary secretary and captain of the club.

Col A P Singh (Retd) said: “The voters should see my track record and the work done by me when on I was the president earlier.”

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First published on: 15-04-2009 at 03:47:24 am

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