Pune, April 1, 2019: The TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), the official sanctioning body of professional golf in India, will be staging the fourth edition of the Pune Open Golf Championship at the Poona Club Golf Course from April 2 – 5, 2019. The tournament which is the sixth event of the TATA Steel PGTI’s 2019 season, carries a prize purse of Rs. 30 lakh. The Pro-Am event is scheduled for April 6. LIC & Bank of Maharashtra are the Powered By Partners for the event while The Westin Pune is the Official Hotel Partner and WION is the News Partner. The tournament is also supported by PGTI’s Tour Partners TATA Steel, Rolex, Incredible India, Golf Plus, 3 Below and Golftrade.net. The tournament will feature leading Indian names such as Mukesh Kumar, Shamim Khan, Digvijay Singh and Amardip Malik, to name a few. The prominent foreign names in the field are the Sri Lankan duo of Mithun Perera and N Thangaraja and Australian Kunal Bhasin. The host city of Pune will be represented by professionals Gurki Shergill (winner of 8th TATA Open 2009), Pravin Pathare, Sameer M Shaikh, Rajiv Datar, Akshay Damale, Sagar Raghuvanshi, Dinesh Raghuvanshi and Sunil Galfade as well as amateurs Jay Shirke and Kanishka Lunkad.This is a 72-hole stroke-play tournament featuring a field of 126 players including 123 professionals and three amateurs. The cut will be applied after the first 36 holes. The top 50 players and ties will make the halfway cut and continue to play for another 36 holes.
Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “Over the last three years, the Pune Open has emerged as one of TATA Steel PGTI’s most important and prestigious events. We are therefore delighted to be back in Pune for the fourth edition of this event. We thank the Poona Club Golf Course and The Westin Pune for partnering with us in staging this event and look forward to yet another enthralling contest like previous years.” Mr. Swastik Sirsikar, Captain, Poona Club Golf Course, said, “Since our course has undergone upgradation, it is our endeavour to promote golf and provide experience to our junior and budding golfers. The staging of the Pune Open Golf Championship 2019 will benefit our junior and amateur golfers in many ways.” Mr. Nasir Shaikh, General Manager – The Westin Pune Koregaon Park and Chairman of the Marriott India Business Council, said, “Wellness and Westin as a brand are synonymous. No matter what obstacles travel puts between you and your well-being, our signature wellness programs help you soar above it all. Here you can eat, sleep, move, feel, work and play well, transcending the rigors of travel while you’re on the road. Hence the partnership with the PGTI Pune Open came naturally. Over the years we have focused on creating awareness and promotion of Golf allowing our guests to MoveWell and PlayWell. We look forward to this great event and wish all the players all the best.”The Poona Club Golf Course, the venue for the event, is spread over 100 acres and dotted with majestic banyan trees and other flowering trees. The course, which is one of the top championship venues in the country, is well appreciated for its water bodies and fast and true greens. The course has staged many National level professional, amateur and junior events over the years.