Kolkata, Mar 10 : The TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (TATA Steel PGTI) will stage the Bengal Open Golf Championship 2020 at the Tollygunge Club in Kolkata from March 11 – 15. The tournament, the third of the 2020 TATA Steel PGTI season, tees-off with the Pro-Am event on March 11 to be followed by the main event from March 12 – 15.
The event carries a prize purse of Rs. 30 lakh. The top Indian professionals in the fray include Olympic hopefuls, PGTI Order of Merit leader Udayan Mane (the second-highest ranked Indian in the world at 252), Chikkarangappa S (sixth-highest ranked Indian at 374) and Aman Raj (seventh-highest ranked Indian at 402) as well as other names of international repute such as Rahil Gangjee, Viraj Madappa, Khalin Joshi and Honey Baisoya who recently earned his maiden Asian Tour card.
Udayan Mane has been on fire having won three consecutive titles on the PGTI including the first two events of the 2020 season. He now has an opportunity to set a record by becoming the first ever player to win four successive tournaments on the PGTI.
Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, the winner of the inaugural edition last year, returns to defend his title. Besides Zamal, the other prominent foreign names in the field of 126 players include the Sri Lankan quartet of Mithun Perera, Anura Rohana, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran. Besides Viraj Madappa, the other leading Kolkata-based professionals in the field are Shankar Das, Divyanshu Bajaj, Sunit Chowrasia and Mohammad Sanju. All the three amateurs participating in the event – Armaan Parikh, Karan Verma and Sandeep Yadav – also hail from Kolkata.
Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “We're excited about returning to the Tollygunge Club for the second edition of the Bengal Open. The inaugural edition of the tournament last year witnessed a fascinating contest. With an impressive field this year, we look forward to yet another week of fierce competition at the Bengal Open. The field boasts of two major contenders for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the form of Udayan Mane and Chikkarangappa, thus adding another exciting dimension to the contest. We wish the players all the best.” Vivek Verma, Golf Captain, Tollygunge Club, said, “We are ever so delighted to host the Bengal Open 2020 and have the best of the best golfers playing at the Tollygunge Club, yet again. It would be an opportunity and privilege for the golfing fraternity at Kolkata to witness such show of golfing skills and their prowess. We look forward to four days of hard-fought competitive golf. Wishing PGTI the very best for the event and certainly all the Pros the very best too. May the best man win.”
Tollygunge Club’s 18-hole, par-70, 100-acre championship golf course is designed by internationally reputed golf architects. The all season course is rich in challenge and natural appeal. It caters to different skill levels and provides fresh insights on every visit. The dedicated staff, modern equipment and the underground irrigation system maintain the course in top condition through the year. The golf course is an oasis of green nested in the heart of urban Kolkata. (UNI)