Ahmedabad: The TAKE Classic, scheduled to be played at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens in Ahmedabad, from August 30th – September 2nd, 2017, will set in motion the second half of the Professional Golf Tour of India’s (PGTI) 2017 season. The TAKE Classic, the eighth event of the 2017 season, carries a prize purse of Rs. 50 lakh.
The tournament features some of the top Indian professionals such as Shubhankar Sharma, Chiragh Kumar, Khalin Joshi and Mukesh Kumar, to name a few. Shamim Khan, the current money list leader, will resume his campaign for a second PGTI Order of Merit title.
The international challenge will be led by the Sri Lankan quartet of Mithun Perera, Anura Rohana, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Australian Kunal Bhasin, South African Damian Naicker and Swaziland’s Arthur Horne.
Srinivasan H. R., Vice Chairman & MD, TAKE Solutions, said, “The second edition of the TAKE Classic reiterates our commitment to provide greater playing opportunities for Indian golfers. We are excited to bring the tournament to Ahmedabad for this edition, and look forward to welcoming fans and enthusiasts of the game to witness four days of golfing from India's best. As always, it has been a pleasure to partner with the PGTI to further our combined mission of taking Indian golf to greater heights in the international arena.”
Devang Shah, Managing Director, Navratna Organisers & Developers Pvt. Ltd., said, “We are delighted have PGTI back to KBG, with the tournament prize money of 50 lacs this time. We thank Mr HR Srinivasan of Take Solutions for bringing this tournament to KBG! The course is playing Superb despite the heavy rains this season. I am sure the players will really enjoy the conditions and we will see a worthy winner in the end. I wish best of luck to all participants.”
Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “We thank TAKE Solutions and Kalhaar Blues & Greens for partnering with us in staging the second edition of the TAKE Classic. We are delighted to return to the Kalhaar Blues & Greens, one of India’s leading championship venues, which provides the ideal setting to tee off the second half of the season. We look forward to some intense competition over the last four months of the season and wish the players all the best.”
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.