Edited by Anand Datla
Ahmedabad, March 30, 2015: The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), ‘the official sanctioning body of professional golf in India’, will stage the second edition of the PGTI Ahmedabad Masters presented by Kalhaar Blues & Greens from March 31 – April 3, 2015. The fifth tournament of the 2015 PGTI season, carrying a prize purse of Rs. 40 lakh, will be played at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens golf course in Ahmedabad, one of India’s premier championship courses. The Pro-Am event will be played on April 4, 2015.
The tournament will feature a stellar field including the likes of Asian Tour regulars Gaganjeet Bhullar, SSP Chawrasia, Rashid Khan, Himmat Singh Rai, Rahil Gangjee and Chikkarangappa as well as 2014 Rolex Rankings champion Shankar Das. The other prominent names are current Rolex Rankings leader Mukesh Kumar, Chiragh Kumar, Om Prakash Chouhan and Harendra Gupta.
The leading foreign players in the field are Sri Lankans Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja, Anura Rohana and K Prabagaran as well as Australian Kunal Bhasin and Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah.
In a bid to encourage local participation and raise the bar of their game, Kalhaar Blues and Greens has nominated Ahmedabad-based amateur golfers Anshul Patel, Varun Parikh and Jay Pandya to pose a stiff challenge.
Mr. Devang Shah, Managing Director, Navratna Group, said, “We are delighted to host the second edition of PGTI Ahmedabad Masters presented by Kalhaar Blues and Greens at our golf course. The field is very strong so it will be a closely fought and an exciting event. The course is in immaculate condition which will bring out the best from these golfers. It is our pleasure to partner with PGTI to host this event and eventually, grow the game in this part of India. I wish, best of luck to all the golfers, let’s have some fun.”
Announcing the event, Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI, said, “We are delighted to be back for the second edition of the PGTI Ahmedabad Masters presented by Kalhaar Blues & Greens. This event held in partnership with the Navratna Group is a stepping stone for us to popularize the sport of golf in Gujarat. A strong field and an impressive prize purse complemented by excellent playing conditions, make for a fascinating week of golf.”
The Kalhaar Blues & Greens is a world-class championship course developed by the Navratna Group and designed by ‘Nicklaus Design’, a company owned by the legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. The course complies with the United States Golf Association (USGA) specifications. The par-72 course is spread over 175 acres and plays to 7425 yards from the championship tees, making it the longest golf course in India. The layout offers unique challenges such as sand and beach bunkers and 14 water bodies. The course also features a scenic ‘Island green’ on Hole No. 7 – a 174 yards, Par-3. Kalhaar Blues and Greens Golf Course, Ahmedabad, was awarded the ‘Best Golf Course of India 2015’ at The Take Solutions India Golf Awards 2015.