Coimbatore, Apr 1 UNI | 4 months ago

The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) today announced the Players Championship to be held at Coimbatore Golf Club from tomorrow with cash prize of Rs 30 lakh.

The April 2-5 competition will witness the return of professional golf to the city after two years.

The field will feature a total of 120 professionals and five amateurs. Some of the top professionals participating are reigning Rolex Rankings champion and defending champion Rashid Khan, Chiragh Kumar, Mukesh Kumar, Chikkarangappa, Angad Cheema, M Dharma, Harendra Gupta, Om Prakash Chouhan and Shankar Das, to name a few. Karan Taunk, one of India's top amateurs, will play his first event as a professional at Coimbatore.

The field also features foreign professionals such as Mithun Perera (Sri Lanka), N Thangaraja (Sri Lanka), Shivaram Shrestha (Nepal) and Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (Bangladesh), to name a few.

The local challenge will be led by Coimbatore-based professionals Joseph Chakola, S Muthu, Ilayaraja C and M Rajesh Kumar.

The last edition of the PGTI Players Championship at Coimbatore witnessed a thrilling finale as Rashid Khan claimed a playoff victory against Vikrant Chopra to clinch his first professional title on Indian soil.

R Shyam Sunder, captain, Coimbatore Golf Club, said, 'Coimbatore Golf Club is happy to welcome the PGTI golfers. The course is at its best since inception and is sure to challenge the golfers' skills. The summer heat this year is an addition to the famous winds of Coimbatore.'

PGTI director Padamjit Sandhu added, 'We look forward to returning to the Coimbatore Golf Club after two years. The strong field and tough playing conditions are likely to producean exciting week of golf.

Coimbatore has over the years been an important centre for
golf in India and it will be our endeavour to further promote professional golf in the region in partnership with the Coimbatore Golf Club.'

(Posted on 01-04-2014)