Panchkula, Haryana, 25-10-2023
Haryana Open presented by Wonder Cement returns on PGTI schedule after long gap
Tournament with prize purse of INR 1 crore teed-off at Panchkula Golf Club on October 25
Field highlighted by Om Prakash Chouhan, Rashid Khan, Rahil Gangjee, Aman Raj, defending champ Mithun Perera, Udayan Mane, Khalin Joshi, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Viraj Madappa
The TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), the official sanctioning body for men’s professional golf in India, is staging the Haryana Open 2023 presented by Wonder Cement at the Panchkula Golf Club from October 25 – 28, 2023. The tournament carries a prize purse of INR 1 crore, the highest ever for an event at Panchkula. The Pro-Am event will be played on October 29.
The Haryana Open presented by Wonder Cement returns on the PGTI schedule after 12 years. The fifth edition of the event is being supported by Govt. of Haryana and Host Venue Panchkula Golf Club, Presenting Partner Wonder Cement Limited, a cutting-edge cement manufacturing company, aiming to become a top player in the industry, as well as Associate Partner TATA Hitachi which provides world class construction equipment to address India’s infrastructure and mining needs.
The tournament featuring 121 professionals and three amateurs is also supported by PGTI’s Tour Partners TATA Steel, Rolex, Vedica Himalayan Spring Water, Amrutanjan Fruitnik Electro Plus, Golf Plus Monthly, Athletic Drive, Golf Design India and ABP Live.
The event will feature top Indian professionals such as TATA Steel PGTI Ranking leader and international winner Om Prakash Chouhan, other international winners Rashid Khan, Rahil Gangjee, Khalin Joshi, Tricity lad Yuvraj Singh Sandhu and Viraj Madappa as well as Olympian Udayan Mane and other prominent names Aman Raj and Honey Baisoya, to name a few. Defending champion Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka, who won the 2011 edition, is also participating.
Besides Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, the other notable names representing the Tricity at the event are those of Chandigarh’s Abhijit Singh Chadha, Akshay Sharma, Harendra Gupta, Angad Cheema, Amrit Lal, Ranjit Singh, Amandeep Johl, Harmeet Kahlon, Gurbaaz Mann, Amritinder Singh, Rajiv Kumar Jatiwal as well as Panchkula’s Aadil Bedi and Chandimandir’s Ravi Kumar.
The foreign names in the field besides Sri Lankan Mithun Perera are those of N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, also from Sri Lanka, Bangladeshis Jamal Hossain, Badal Hossain, Md Akbar Hossain, American Varun Chopra, Nepal’s Sukra Bahadur Rai, Canada’s Sukhraj Singh Gill and Andorra’s Kevin Esteve Rigaill.
Two of the three amateurs participating, Abhishek Kumar and Ankush Saroha, are from the Panchkula Golf Club.
Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “We thank Wonder Cement, TATA Hitachi, Govt. of Haryana and the Panchkula Golf Club (PGC) for extending their support to the event thereby facilitating the return of the Haryana Open on the PGTI schedule after 12 years. We look forward to a mutually beneficial association with our new event partners Wonder Cement and TATA Hitachi. With an impressive field and handsome prize purse on offer we can expect to witness a pulsating week of golfing action in Panchkula.”
Mr. Vivek Patni – Director, Wonder Cement Limited, said, “We are absolutely delighted to be associated with the PGTI as the Presenting Partner of the Haryana Open. This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for us to contribute to the promotion of Indian professional golf. We truly value our mutually beneficial collaboration with the PGTI and are eagerly looking forward to a highly successful event with India's top golfers showcasing their talent.”
Col. A S Dhillon, GM, Panchkula Golf Club, said, “We look forward to hosting the country's leading professionals at the highly-anticipated Haryana Open which returns to the Panchkula Golf Club (PGC) after a long gap. We have done our best to get the course in top shape for the tournament. We thank the Govt. of Haryana for their continued support.”
The Panchkula Golf Club course has been designed to provide enough challenges both to the top pros and to the weekend golfer. The golf course measuring approximately 135 acres is situated on the banks of river Ghaggar. The cool summer breeze from the mountains and the winter cold winds add to the ambience of the course. Every effort is taken to maintain the course at the highest recommended international standards.
(L - R) Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, Mr. Amit Lakhanpal, Senior Manager (Marketing), Wonder Cement Limited and Col. A S Dhillon, GM, Panchkula Golf Club, pose with the trophy at the Press Conference on Wednesday
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