New Delhi, 22-10-2013

BILT and PGTI announce BILT Open 2013

BILT Open 2013 to carry total prize purse of Rs. 1 crore
BILT Open to return to the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort after two years
Star-studded line-up to include Jyoti Randhawa, SSP Chowrasia, Shamim Khan (defending champion), Himmat Singh Rai 

Avantha Group Company, Ballarpur Industries Limited (BILT), India’s largest paper manufacturer and the flagship company of the US$ 4 bn Avantha Group, and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), ‘the official sanctioning body of professional golf in India’, today announced the schedule for the BILT Open 2013 at a press conference in Delhi. The announcement was made by Mr. Yogesh Agarwal, Managing Director & CEO, Ballarpur International Graphic Paper Holdings B.V. (BIGPH) and Mr Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI.

Avantha Group Company BIGPH - Managing Director & CEO, Mr. Yogesh Agarwal said, “It gives me immense pleasure to welcome all players to this year’s BILT Open.  I have no doubt that this event will encourage a greater interest in professional golf in the country. 

BILT has a fine tradition of hosting excellent Golf tournaments with leading international and Indian professional golfers. BILT Open continues to be one of India’s major Championship golf tournaments.

I wish the players the very best and am sure that some excellent golf will be played at the BILT Open this year.”

Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI said, “The BILT Open has always witnessed the best in Indian professional golf compete for one of the richest prize purses in India. The 2013 edition will yet again have an elite field and promises to be an exciting week of high quality golf. We thank BILT, and Mr. Yogesh Agarwal, MD & CEO, Ballarpur International Graphic Paper Holdings B.V., for helping stage one of the finest professional golf championships on the PGTI. We look forward to their continued support, and look forward to an exciting week at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort.”

The tournament worth a prize purse of Rs. 1 crore is scheduled from 23rd – 26th October, 2013 with the Pro-Am being played on 27th October. The event returns to the pristine Jaypee Greens Golf Resort after a gap of two years.

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Formed in 2006, Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) is the recognised official body of professional golf in India. PGTI's objective is to promote professional golf in the country, as well as to give players an opportunity to be involved in the decision making on all aspects of the game. Headed by Mr. Srinivasan H R (President), PGTI's governing body comprises leading Indian golf professionals. PGTI currently has over 300 members.

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