Aamby Valley City: The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) has announced the PGTI Players Championship presented by Aamby Valley City which is scheduled to be held at the Aamby Valley Golf Course in Aamby Valley City – Independent India’s first planned Hill City in Maharashtra from 13 - 16 November, 2012. This tournament carries a total prize purse of Rs. 40 lakh.
The PGTI Players Championship will be followed by the seventh and final leg of the ‘Volvo World Golf Challenge’ on November 17, 2012, where local amateurs will compete for berths at the national final. The national final will also be held at the Aamby Valley Golf Course on November 18, 2012.
The top names participating in the event include Shamim Khan, Rashid Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Harendra Gupta, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Vinod Kumar, Feroz Ali Mollah, Manav Jaini, Vijay Kumar and Gaurav Ghei, to name a few. The top foreign golfers in the field are Mithun Perera (Sri Lanka), Anura Rohana (Sri Lanka), Kunal Bhasin (Australia) and Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (Bangladesh). The local challenge will be led by
Pune golfers Gurki Shergill, Rajiv Datar, Jaideep Patwardhan, Aditya Bhandarkar, Pravin Pathare, Saurabh Bhaduri and Sameer M Shaikh.
The seventh and final leg of the ‘Volvo World Golf Challenge’, Volvo’s prestigious international golf tournament played in over 35 countries, will follow immediately after the PGTI Players Championship. Amateur golfers from across the region will participate in the ‘Volvo World Golf Challenge’ at the Aamby Valley Golf Course on November 17, 2012. Volvo, the Official Automobile Partner of the PGTI, has already hosted six legs of the ‘Volvo World Golf Challenge’ across India in association with the PGTI in 2012. The two best-placed finishers at each event are to qualify for the national final. The national final will also be held at the Aamby Valley Golf Course on November 18, 2012. The two winners from the national final will win an invitation to compete in the World Final of the ‘Volvo World Golf Challenge’ next January.
Speaking from Delhi, Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI, said, “We are delighted to return to the Aamby Valley Golf Course, one of the premier championship venues in the country, after a gap of two years.
The tournament provides an ideal setting for the top contenders in the Rolex Rankings race to further strengthen their claims for the title with some good performances. The week will also witness the exciting finale of the ‘Volvo World Golf Challenge’ series. The VWGC provides Indian amateurs a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent their country at the Volvo World Golf Challenge International Finals in January 2013.”
Col. Sinha, GM, Aamby Valley Golf Course, said, “Our mission has always been to connect passionate golfers with the best experience. We have always strived hard to create and maintain the best of facilities for golfers. This course is a thinking course and will bring out the best skills of a golfer regardless of whether a professional or amateur. We have hosted many international championships at Aamby Valley and the best of golfers have enjoyed playing and have profusely complimented the playing conditions and the setup.”
One of the top championship venues in India, the Aamby Valley Golf Course also has the distinction of being the country’s first floodlit course. It has undulating and tight fairways that run along the natural lay of the land while the greens are highly contoured. The breeze adds to the challenge and a number of holes are doglegs with water in play on the back nine.
By Indian Sports News Network