20 Teams, 400 Golfers,1 Mentor And 1 Coach Will Lock Horns During 336 Matches Over 13 Days In ‘LLOYD DGC LEAGUE 2022’ From September 29 -
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20 Teams, 400 Golfers,1 Mentor And 1 Coach Will Lock Horns During 336 Matches Over 13 Days In ‘LLOYD DGC LEAGUE 2022’ From September 29

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From( L-R), Digraj Singh, Maj. Gen. AP Dere (Captain, DGC) and Lt. Gen. Balbir Sandhu (Chairman, Tournament Committee, DGC League).


Rakesh Thapliyal 

New Delhi: There was a time when golf was considered as ‘old men’s game’, but now, more and more Indian youngsters, both men and women, making name and fame at National and International level with sheer hard work.

In Indian golf there is no dearth of talented players, dedicated organizers and big brands as sponsors.The organizers of golf tournaments always try to do something new to attract the players, spectators and make it more competitive. This will be seen in the second edition of ‘Lloyd Delhi Golf Club League’, which will produce high quality of golf at historic Delhi Golf Club from September 29, 2022. The League, which will feature 13 days of hard-fought golf, will conclude in a Grand Finale on October 22, 2022.

As many as 20 teams, featuring some of the city’s best golfing talent will vie for top honours at the pristine Delhi Golf Club in the Second Edition of the ‘Lloyd Delhi Golf Club League – Powered by Vredestein Tyres’.

From (L-R), Digraj Singh, Maj. Gen. AP Dere (Captain, DGC), Lt. Gen. Balbir Sandhu (Chairman, Tournament Committee, DGC League), Gaurav Ghei and Nonita Lal Qureshi.

The “Lloyd Delhi Golf Club League 2022” will feature 20 teams (two more than the inaugural season) locking horns for supremacy. Each team will comprise of 20 players, supported by one Mentor and one Coach. The tournament will be played on a “Four-ball better-ball Matchplay” Format.

The 20 teams have been divided into 4 groups. After the Round Robin stage, 2 teams from each group will qualify for the Knock-out stage starting with the Quarter-finals.

The League will be played in two stages – a Round Robin stage followed by a Knock-out stage. During
each playoff match between two teams, each team will field 7 pairs (14 players). One pair from each team will play against a pair from the other team in a “Four-ball better-ball” Matchplay format with all the players playing off 75% of their original handicaps. The teams will get points for their wins.
A press conference was organized on Thursday to announce the details of the League. The Captain of DGC, Maj Gen AP Dere (Retd) said, “The Lloyd DGC League prides itself for having incorporated the best practices in the format to make it fair, competitive and enjoyable for the entire golfing ecosystem at DGC. The mentoring programme of the League has some of the finest golfers in India sharing their knowledge and expertise with all the members, a fantastic learning opportunity, especially the Juniors.”

The Lt. Gen. Balbir Sandhu, Chairman – Tournament Organizing Committee, Delhi Golf Club League said, “The Delhi Golf Club has been producing champions for Indian golf. We have produced as many as 14 Arjuna Awardees and golfers from our stable have competed in and won on nearly every Major Tour worldwide. Through the Lloyd Delhi Golf Club League, we wish to further hone our talent and continue to provide Indian and World golf with Champions”.
Mr Ravinder Zutshi, President Havells, Business Development and Corporate affairs said in a message, “We are
delighted to associate with the Delhi Golf Club through the DGC League and their Junior Training Programme. As witnessed in the opening season of the league, DGC has provided an excellent
ecosystem for the growth of golf in the capital. We believe the future of golf is in good hands and as the ‘Title Sponsors’ of the event we are delighted to be part of the DGC League that promotes the sport and nurtures young talent for a brighter future”
Some of the biggest names in the golfing world who have honed their skills at the Delhi Golf Club, are involved with the League at different levels, including three Arjuna Award winners namely Shiv Kapur, Nonita Lal Qureshi and Amit Luthra.  Additionally, stalwarts such as Gaurav Ghei – the first ever Indian golfer to qualify for the Open Championship ‘97; Vivek Bhandari – winner of the Honda-
Siel PGA Championship ’97; Arjun Singh – winner of the Wills Masters ’98; Asian Tour regulars – Chiragh Kumar and Amandeep Johl; leading Ladies Tour professionals Mehar Atwal and Ayesha Kapur, top Coaches Jasjit Singh and Ajai Gupta are involved in the Delhi Golf Club League 2022.

“I have been a product of the DGC system and feel very privileged to have had an opportunity to learn my golf here. And now this is an opportunity for me to give back to the club, its members and juniors some of the knowledge I have gained over the years” said Gaurav Ghei, who took the golfing world by storm with his chip-in victory in the Gadgil Western Masters in 1995.
The 20 teams competing in the League are: ‘The A-Team’, ‘Sterling Swingers’, ‘Baale Golf’, Eagles & Birdies’, ‘Christie’s Golf’, ‘SwingKKings’, ‘Shiva Motocorp. Land Rover’, Bajaj Foundation’, Tee Birds’,
The Pioneers’, Team Coca-Cola’ ’24 Secure Lions’, ‘TEEm EDC”, Athletic Drive’, ‘BMW-Deutsche Motoren’, ‘Delhi Tigers’, ‘Birdie Machine’, Ardee Par Excellence, robo4me and B i Luxury, with the last three being new entrants into the field.

The list of Central Sponsors for the event include Lloyd who are the Title Sponsors.Vredestein Tyres wear the hat of ‘Powered By Sponsors’; the beautiful prizes and trophies will be
from Ravissant, Shiva Motocorp – Land Rover are the ‘Official Car Sponsors’, Grant Thornton – the ‘Scoring Partners’, Athletic Drive – The Apparel partners, COAL – The Official Skin Care Partners and Golf Plus – Golf Magazine partners.
The ‘Associate Partners’ sponsors include Stonex, Laguna Phuket, The Suryaa, Three Sixty and Oakley. Swadhin Patel, a TARS (Level -3) certified Official, the highest certification from R&A’s certification system, is the Chief Referee for the Tournament and he will be assisted by another TARS Certified
Referee, Srishty Jaura.
Messrs Gran Canaria and Digraj Golf Inc were selected to market and manage the DGC League in
partnership with DGC. After the stupendous success of the Inaugural league, they will continue their
association for the contracted period.
About Lloyd
Lloyd, a consumer durable brand owned by Havells India Ltd. has a bouquet of technologically advanced and aesthetically designed home appliances like, Air Conditioners, LED TVs, Washing machines and Refrigerators. Havells acquired Lloyd in May 2017. Lloyd has a dedicated distribution & service network spread across the country with over 10,000 direct and indirect dealers, 485 authorized service centres and 31 company owned service centres.

Delhi Golf Club and the Golf ecosystem: Some relevant trivia


Besides members kids, non members kids, children of staff and caddies allowed to learn golf through the pioneering Junior Golf Development Programme conducted by top class coaches.

Those showing promise inducted into a long term talent development programme. Successes include Shiv Kapur, Ashok Kumar, Pawan, Insha Siddiqui, Ishita and several more.

Talented Indian juniors given playing privileges and nurtured.  

Successes include Shubham Jaglan, Harshjeet Singh Sethi and several more

14 DGC Members have been honoured with the Arjuna Award


Regular Tree plantation efforts, with members contributing towards plantation of trees

Water harvesting – Highest Water Table in the city thanks to it.

Usage of Sewage Treated Water

Protected Wildlife – Peacocks, Birds, Partridges, Deer, Snakes, Mongoose,  etc

Protection and Maintenance of Important Archaeological Monuments and Tombs, our heritage.

Interesting to Note:

An average 18 hole golf course can produce enough Oxygen for nearly 11,000 people per day, one acre of grass produces more oxygen in a year than one acre of Rainforest.


Staff and caddies – Over 500 people depend on the DGC for their livelihood


DGC is a must visit destination for inbound International golf tourists and also domestic golf tourists. It is estimated that a golf tourist spends 5 times more than a regular tourist, thereby impacting the ecosystem favourably.


The International Tournaments held at DGC and telecast Internationally reflect the changing face of India. Golf is the Business Sport of the 21st Century and has been used as an anchor development for Urban planning and Real Estate developments to attract foreign investments and companies.

The Inaugural DGC Open, promoted and hosted by Delhi Golf Club in March 2022 was the first club owned and promoted Asian Tour Event in Asia.  

Some Interesting Facts

MENTORS AT THE LLOYD DGC LEAGUE – working with different teams

Asian Tour Winners – Shiv Kapur, Gaurav Ghei, Chiragh Kumar 

National Coaches – Jasjit Singh, Nonita Lal Qureshi, Amandeep Johl, Vikram Sethi, Amit Dube, Karan Bindra, Ajai Gupta

National Amateur Champions – Nonita Lal Qureshi, Amandeep Johl, Shiraz Singh

Lady Professional Golfers – Ayesha Kapur, Mehar Atwal

Professional Golfers – Men – Manav Jaini, Rahul Sikund, Arjun Singh, Naman Dawar, Ashok Kumar

The players are mentored by them through the league and for months leading upto the league – a huge golfing education value.


20 Teams with 20 players each – 400 Golfers

83 players are still in the pool list

Participants include:

Asian Games Gold Medallist – Amit Luthra 

2 Five time Indian National Champions – Ashok Malik, Vikramjeet Singh  

Ex Chief of Army Staff- Gen JJ Singh, several Camp of Excellence Kids, Members Kids

From the Corporate World – Ravinder Zutshi ( Director Havells), Vishesh Chandioke (Grant Thornton Bharat CEO), Ashish Bharatram ( MD SRF Ltd) , Rudra Shriram ( Joint President DCM Shriram Industries), Punit Beriwala ( MD Vipul Infrastructure) and many more.

Winners Last Year – Team BMW owned by Yadur Kapur and Gaurav Kapur, mentored by Chiragh Kumar

Technical Team

Chief Referee – Swadhin Patel

Referee – Srishty Jaura

Total Playing Days – 13

Total Matches – 336

       Team Owners


Sr No Team Name Owners
1   Ardee Par Excellence   Shefali Varma, Jaideep Sangwan 
2   Athletic Drive   Dhiraj Jha, Sanjay Date
3   B i Luxury   Shashank Bhagat 
4   Baale Golf   Ashwin Chandiok
5   Bajaj Foundation   Pankaj Bajaj
6   Birdie Machine Pvt. Ltd.   Deepali Sethi Raizada, Nachiketa Kapur
7   BMW-Deutsche Motoren   Gaurav Kapur, Yadur Kapur
8   Christie’s Golf   Arvind Khanna, Himmat Singh, Prem Dugal
9   Coca Cola   Sanjeev Agrawal
10   Delhi Tigers   Manoj Bhardwaj
11   Eagles & Birdies   Kamal Aggarwal 
12   Robo4me   Vikas Anand 
13   Shiva Motocorp. Land Rover   Amit Garg
14   Sterling Swingers   Sterling Tools Limited
15   SwingKKings   Sanjay Khanna, Kanishk Khullar
16   Tee Birds   Pia Sahni, Navin Sahni
17   TEEm edc   Sandy Khurana, Kapil Khurana
18   The A-Team    Forza Medi (India) Private Limited
19   The Pioneers   Pioneer Urban Land and Infrastructure Ltd
20   24 Lions   Sunil Duggal – 24 Secure Lions


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