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RCGC To Host ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship from Dec 11
Kolkata/IBNS: Kolkata is all set to witness the five–day ICC RCGC Golf Championship which will be held at the historic Royal Calcutta Golf Club course from Dec 11.
The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) along with the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) and the TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) have jointly launched the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship. The turnament offers a prize money of of Rs. 40 lakhs and will feature leading professionals including Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Udayan Mane, Chiragh Kumar, Priyanshu Singh, Shamim Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Karandeep Kochhar. They apart Anura Rohana, Mithun Periera, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran from Sri Lanka, Md. Zamal Hossain Mollah from Bangladesh, Kunal Bhasin from Australia will stake their claim for the top spot.
The local chalenge will be led by former PGTI Order of Merit champion Shankar Das, former Indian Open Title holder Feroj Ali Mollah and young Sunit Chowrasia.
Addressing the media persons here Wednesday PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mandy informed that the championship this time assumed a greater importance as the points earned by the players here would be counted for their qualification for the Tokyo Olympics . The event is supported by Bharat Benz as the Powered By Partner, CESC and Urbana as Co-Partners, Ambuja, ITC and ICICI as Associate Partners and Selvel as Outdoor Partner.
The tournament has a unique format which ensures a greater participation of amateurs thus adding more excitement. Amateurs will play alongside the professionals on the Pro-Am day on December 11 as well as in the last two rounds of the main event on December 14 and 15. The tournament witnesses the return of the TATA Steel PGTI to the RCGC after two years.
Alongside this Golf tournament, the Indian Chamber of Commerce is organizing a grand Corporate Strategic Think Tank Meet titled, ‘India Tomorrow’, Decoding the Future of Business on 13th December 2019 at Kolkata.
Speaking on the occasion ICC Vice President Pradeep Sureka said, “ICC is proud to partner RCGC and PGTI in launching the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship. “ The ICC has signed a MOU with PGTI and RCGC to have this tournament here for the next two years well, Sureka added.
RCGC Captain Ashish C Doshi in his speech , said, "We are delighted to host the inaugural edition of the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship at the Royal after a gap of two years. The course is in marvelous shape and we will offer the best playing conditions to all the professionals taking part in the Championship. We are also excited to enter into a partnership with ICC and PGTI which will generate great enthusiasm amongst the amateurs and golfers in Eastern India.”
Commenting further on the event, the PGTI CEO said, “We thank the ICC and RCGC for partnering with us in launching the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship. The support of sponsors such as the ICC is a huge boost for Indian professional golf. We eagerly look forward to returning to the RCGC, one of the top championship venues in the counry, after a couple of years.”.
He said, “The unique format for the tournament has been designed to get the amateurs more involved in the event which would in turn raise the excitement levels among the fans and spectators. The new format would also be more thrilling for the amateurs as they would be playing alongside the top PGTI professionals on the last two days of the tournament when the stakes are the highest.”
Two promising young amateurs-Devansh Chadha and Rohit Gupta-have been awarded the wild cards and to play the main tournament along with the professionals.