Rs 1 Cr Gujarat Open Golf Championship gets underway from March 1


Ahmedabad, Feb 28 (UNI) – Gujarat Open Golf Championship | Top golfers of the country, include Udayan Mane, Viraj Madappa, Khalin Joshi and Yuvraj Singh Sandhu will be seen in action in the TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) sponsored 3rd of the Gujarat Open Golf Championship beginning here from March 1.


The tournament carrying a prize purse of Rs 1 crore is scheduled to be played at the magnificent Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf Club here where some 23 professionals and three amateurs will vie for the top honour.


The event is set to feature some of the top Indian professionals such as Olympian Udayan Mane, Khalin Joshi, Viraj Madappa, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Om Prakash Chouhan, Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Abhijit Singh Chadha and Sachin Baisoya, to name a few.


The foreign players in the field are Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Bangladesh’s Jamal Hossain and Badal Hossain, Canada’s Sukhraj Singh Gill and Minwoo Park, Australia’s Kunal Bhasin, Nepal’s Sukra Bahadur Rai, USA’s Varun Chopra, Andorra’s Kevin Esteve Rigaill and Japan’s Makoto Iwasaki.


The local challenge will be led by Gujarat-based professionals Varun Parikh, Anshul Patel, Shravan Desai and Jay Pandya. The Gujarat-based amateurs in the field are Dhruv Suri and Swayam Ambalia. The third amateur in the field is Noida-based teenager Aarav Shah of Australia.


The PGTI staged a qualifying event for professionals ahead of the main event for the first time ever. There were 21 professionals in the field at the qualifier that took place on Tuesday, February 28 at Kalhaar Blues & Greens.


The top two professionals who qualified for the main draw of the event were Bikramjit Singh Sandhu (73) and Imran Ali Mollah (74). Imran Ali Mollah defeated Manav Bais (74) in a playoff for the second spot.


“The Gujarat Open Golf Championship has emerged as an important stop on the PGTI schedule over the past few years. This year the event is even more special with the prize money on offer being raised to Rs 1 crore. It’s the highest prize money for a full field PGTI event in Gujarat. The tournament serves as an ideal platform to promote Gujarat as a golfing destination. We also thank Sports Authority of Gujarat and Kalhaar Blues & Greens for their continued support to the event.” PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy said.


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