Ahmedabad, 28-01-2014

PGTI Ahmedabad Masters presented by Kalhaar Blues & Greens to tee off on January 29th

PGTI’s Season Opener carries prize purse of Rs. 50 lac
First of seven Super Series events in 2014
Anirban Lahiri, SSP Chowrasia, Himmat Singh Rai, Rahil Gangjee and Rashid Khan lead a strong field
PGTI makes debut in Gujarat

Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), ‘the official sanctioning body of professional golf in India’, will begin its 2014 season with the PGTI Ahmedabad Masters presented by Kalhaar Blues & Greens. The tournament carrying a prize purse of Rs. 50 lac will be staged from January 29 – February 1, 2014, at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens golf course in Ahmedabad, one of India’s premier championship courses. The Pro-Am event will be played on February 2, 2014.

The event marks the beginning of the newly-launched seven-event PGTI Super Series for 2014. The seven events of the PGTI Super Series will carry a total prize purse of Rs. 3.5 crore. Points will be allocated for each event of the Super Series. The player with the highest points at the end of the seven Super Series events stands to earn a bonus of Rs. 30 lac. 

Top Indian professionals including Anirban Lahiri, who finished third on the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit, SSP Chowrasia (two-time winner on the European Tour), Asian Tour regulars Himmat Singh Rai, Rahil Gangjee, Digvijay Singh, Chiragh Kumar and 2013 Rolex Rankings champion Rashid Khan, among others, will lead the field in PGTI’s first-ever event in Gujarat.

Mr. Devang Shah, Managing Director, Navratna Group, said, “On behalf of Navratna and Kalhaar Blues and Greens, it is my pleasure to welcome PGTI on its debut in Gujarat and begin a long-term partnership with them. We are quite excited to host the season opener of 2014, the first edition of "PGTI Ahmedabad Masters presented by Kalhaar Blues & Greens". We look forward to a week full of great golf with a worthy winner in the end and the much sought after Pro Am on February 2. I’m sure all the touring pros will enjoy our course and hospitality. This event will go a long way in promoting golf in this part of the country.”

Announcing the event, Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI, said, “We look forward to making our debut in Gujarat and showcasing the best of Indian professional golf to a new audience. We seek to build on our partnership with the Navratna Group in an effort to promote the sport in Ahmedabad and the rest of Gujarat. With a strong line-up of professionals vying for an impressive prize purse, we expect an exciting 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.

About PGTI:

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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