Cancer Crusaders of CURE Foundation here are organising a world-class golf tournament on February 15 and 16. The event titled ‘Cancer Crusaders Invitation Cup-2014’, the third biennial edition, fund raiser and awareness initiative, will take place at Hyderabad Golf Club. This was announced by Tennis ace Sania Mirza on Sunday, who believed that a gentle stroke to hit a golf ball so that it rolls down into the hole across the green could make some difference to a few cancer patients.
Participants have to pay Rs 2,000 which goes towards charity. Around 200 golfers will participate in the tournament. According to Dr Vijay Anand Reddy, founder-CURE foundation and director, Apollo Cancer hospital, the event intends to raise money and spread cancer awareness through excessive participation from ace golfers, outstanding sports persons, celebrities and opinion leaders. ‘’Our objective is to create a consistent annual charity golf tournament, fun and fulfilling day of social service,” he said.
Celebrity Golf Playoffs: The celebrity golf playoff, to be hosted on February 16, is a custom designed format that will last about one hour and is designed to entertain and give celebrities an opportunity to take a shot at the game. Fashion designer Asmita Marwa, Classical dancer Ananda Shankar Jayant, entrepreneur Pinky Reddy, badminton ace Saina Nehwal, Kuchipudi dancer Deepika Reddy, Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj and badminton star Jwala Gutta are expected to take part.
The tournament format named Stableford will have each player given a ball with her name written on it. Each participant has to put the ball to a designated hole on ‘putting greens’. All have to reach close to the hole. The last one is eliminated in each round. There will be different holes for different rounds and the distance to the hole is increased for each round to make it difficult for players.
Asadullah Pasha, captain, Hyderabad Gold Association; Bathanie Mattek, Tennis player; Venu Vinod, MD, Cybercity Builders & Developers pvt ltd; Nadir Chinoy, CEO, Inline 4 Motors Pvt Ltd attended the press meet.