• PGTI Board Members


    Mr. Gautam Thapar, President

    Gautam Thapar is Chairman & CEO of one of India's leading business conglomerates, the US$ 4 bn Avantha Group. With an impressive global footprint, the Group operates in over ten countries, employing 20,000 people belonging to 20 different nationalities. The Group has business interests in diverse areas, including pulp and paper, power transmission and distribution equipment and services, food processing, farm forestry, chemicals, energy, infrastructure, information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services.

    An avid golfer playing to a single figure handicap, Gautam Thapar takes personal interest in promoting professional golf in India. His path-breaking initiative, the BILT Skins Golf, 2003, helped popularize golf and paved the way for similar events in the country. Today, the Avantha Group hosts two major tournaments on the PGTI, the BILT Open and CG Open. His active interest in golf has helped the game attract corporate sponsorships in India. His visionary approach, combined with his remarkable knack for spotting and nurturing talent, has taken professional golf to new heights in the country.

  • Mr. Srinivasan H.R.

    Srinivasan H.R., fondly known as Sri, is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of TAKE Solutions and a member of its Board of Directors. He brings 29 years of experience in Supply Chain and General Management.

    Sri started his career as a Civil Servant in the Government of India. Subsequent to that, he successfully held several leadership roles including Executive Director of the Shriram Group, Managing Director of Sembcorp Logistics, Singapore and Managing Director of Temasek Capital, Singapore among others. He has served on both the State and Regional Councils of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He has also served as the President of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Chennai Chapter. In 2008, Sri was conferred with the CII Connect – “Entrepreneur of the Year” and the CII Tamil Nadu “Emerging Entrepreneur” award in association with The Hindu Business Line in 2010. He is a member of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization).

    Sri is also a passionate golfer and golf evangelist, who firmly believes that the development of the game requires corporate support. TAKE Solutions is dedicated to the long term development of Indian golf and has several corporate and professional golf events in its forte.
  • Mr. Dinesh Kumar (Secretary)

    Dinesh Kumar, who turned professional in 1987, is among the senior-most professionals on the PGTI. He has two professional wins to his name, the Classic Masters 1989 in Jaipur and the Navy Pro-Am Championship 1990 in Mumbai. He is also a reputed ‘C’ Category coach.

  • Mr. Indrajit Bhalotia

    Indrajit Bhalotia is a senior professional on the PGTI and one of India’s leading coaches. He turned professional in 1989 and thereafter registered five wins at the professional level including the Crompton Greaves Open 1998 in Mumbai. He was on the teaching staff of the NGAI from 2005 and was coach of the Indian Junior Team from 2007 to 2009. He holds a Teaching Certificate from the European PGA centre in Italy.

  • Mr. Manav Jaini (Treasurer)

    Manav Jaini, who turned professional in 2006, has won two titles on the PGTI including the All India Matchplay Championship 2011 and the Jaypee Greens Open 2013. He has posted three top-5s on the Asian Tour so far including a joint runner-up finish at the Panasonic Open India 2011 and a tied third place at the Indian Open 2010. The Delhi-based golfer had won the 2001 Northern India Championship as an amateur.

  • Mr. Gurki Shergill

    Gurki Shergill, who turned professional in 2001, is one of the top golfers to have emerged from the state of Maharashtra. He recorded his maiden professional victory at the 8th TATA Open in 2009. He thus became the first-ever golfer from Pune to win a professional title. Gurki has represented India in the Teen’s Capri Trophy (Juniors) in France and at the Hong Kong Amateur. He captained West Zone for four years in the All India Inter-Zonals and led the Maharashtra team at the 1997 National Games held in Bengaluru.

  • Mr. Angad Cheema

    Angad Cheema made a mark in his rookie season on the PGTI in 2013 as he finished third in the Rolex Ranking after posting a win at the Dialog Enterprise International in Sri Lanka and a runner-up finish at the BILT Open. He also won the PGTI Feeder Tour event at Jaipur in 2013. Angad was ranked No. 2 on the Indian amateur circuit in 2012. He won a total of five titles at the amateur level and represented India at the Eisenhower Trophy and Nomura Cup. Angad played his rookie season on the Asian Tour in 2015 after earning his card through the qualifying school.

  • Mr. Ranjit Singh

    Ranjit Singh, who turned professional in 1997, is one of the founder members of the PGTI. He has six top-5s to his credit on the PGTI. He was runner-up at the Global Green Bangalore Open 2009 and finished tied third at the PGTI Players Championship at Chandigarh in 2009. Ranjit also finished runner-up at the PGTI Feeder Tour event at Forest Hill Resort in 2014.