Kolkata, Dec 4 : The city based Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) have signed an MoU for hosting golf tournament for next three years at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) where both the professionals and amateurs would contest for championship with prize money Rs 40 lakh.
The 18-hole course at the RCGC here is open for the first time in history of golf for leading professionals as well as for the amateurs (youngsters) in the tournament beginning December 11 and conclude on December 15 ( Sunday). Field to feature leading professionals Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Udayan Mane, Chiragh Kumar, Priyanshu Singh, Shamim Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Karandeep Kochhar. The unique format, first of its kind, will witness greater participation of amateurs as the ; TATA Steel PGTI returns to RCGC after two years.
Promising rookies Kshitij Naveed Kaul and Priyanshu Singh, both are winners on the PGTI this year, and youngsters Udayan Mane and Karandeep Kochhar, as well as the experienced Chiragh Kumar, Shamim Khan and Mukesh Kumar, to name a few. The international challenge will be led by the Sri Lankan quartet of Anura Rohana, Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Australian Kunal Bhasin.
The local challenge will be led by Kolkata-based professionals such as former PGTI Order of Merit champion Shankar Das, former Indian Open champion Feroz Ali Mollah and youngster Sunit Chowrasia.
The unique format which ensures a greater participation of amateurs thus adding more excitement.
Amateurs will play alongside the professionals on the Pro-Am day on December 11 as well as in the last two rounds of the main event on December 14 and 15.
“ICC is proud to partner RCGC and PGTI in launching the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship. We are happy to have leading professionals as well as amateurs participating in this tournament. It’s really good to see TATA Steel PGTI returning to RCGC after two years. We are happy to let you know that, alongside the Golf Championship; we are also organizing a grand Corporate Strategic Think Tank Meet, ‘India Tomorrow’ on 13th December 2019 at Kolkata."
The Conference will be attended by Government, Consultants and Corporate will be a policy compendium for New India.” ICC vice-president Pradeep Sureka said, ", “We thank the ICC and RCGC for partnering with us in launching the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship. The support of sponsors such as the ICC is a huge boost for Indian professional golf. We eagerly look forward to returning to the RCGC, one of the top championship venues in the country, after a gap of two years.
PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy said, “The unique format for the tournament has been designed to get the amateurs more involved in the event which would in turn raise the excitement levels among the fans and spectators. The new format would also be more thrilling for the amateurs as they would be playing alongside the top PGTI professionals on the last two days of the tournament when the stakes are the highest.” Mr Mundy elaborated. (UNI)