TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship 2022 presented by KGiSL marks PGTI’s return to Coimbatore after eight years
Tournament kickstarts second half of 2022 TATA Steel PGTI season; Leading names in the field include Khalin Joshi, Manu Gandas, Jamal Hossain, Mithun Perera, Shamim Khan and defending champion K Prabagaran; Prize Purse of Rs. 50 lakh
The TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship 2022 presented by KGiSL will be played from August 17 – 20 at the Coimbatore Golf Club. The tournament carries a prize purse of Rs. 50 lakh and marks the Professional Golf Tour of India’s (PGTI) return to Coimbatore after eight years. The Pro-Am event will be staged on August 21.
The tournament kickstarts the second half of the 2022 PGTI season. Information technology company KGiSL is the Presenting Partner for the event.
The field of 126 players includes 123 professionals and three amateurs in the highest-ever prize money event to be staged in Coimbatore. The leading Indian professionals in the fray are Khalin Joshi, Manu Gandas, Shamim Khan and Abhijit Singh Chadha while the prominent foreign players include Sri Lankans K Prabagaran (defending champion) and Mithun Perera as well as Bangladesh’s Jamal Hossain.
The local challenge will be led by Coimbatore-based professional Sidhartha Sharathram and amateurs Shiv Karan, Bharat Ram S and Nitin Suresh.
Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “We thank Coimbatore Golf Club and KGiSL for partnering with us for the PGTI Players Championship and facilitating the return of professional golf to Coimbatore after eight years. The resumption of the tour after the mid-season break adds to the excitement of the event and we look forward to intense competition for top spots on the Order of Merit from here till the end of the season.”
Mr. R Gopinath, President, Coimbatore Golf Club, said, “On behalf of The Coimbatore Golf Club, I am very happy to welcome the PGTI to our city. We have a golf course blessed with strong winds that has always been a deceptively tough course. With the good rains recently, the course is presented in pristine condition offering a strong challenge to the golfer. After nearly eight years the PGTI makes a stop at Coimbatore Golf Club. It will be very interesting to see to what extent the top golf professionals of the country are able to rise to the challenge the conditions present.”
Mr. Prassadh Shanmugam, CEO of KGiSL, said, “In Association with PGTI and The Coimbatore Golf Club, KGiSL takes great pride in bringing professional golf to Coimbatore after a gap of eight years. I am sure that a tournament of this stature will invigorate more youngsters to take up Golf, and will create more awareness among the public. Being an avid golfer myself, I am looking forward to watching the pros in action.”
The Coimbatore Golf Club, nestled among the Nilgiri mountains, is a par-72, 6540 yard course. The Palghat Hills, part of the Western Ghats, form a scenic backdrop to the course. The playing experience is heavily influenced by the seasons. Strong Westerly winds during May to September make the course the most challenging. The winds ensure that the golfers have a tough battle on their hands. For an errant golfer, the course can be extremely unforgiving.
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. Gautam Thapar (President), PGTI's governing body comprises leading Indian golf professionals. PGTI currently has over 300 members.
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