Pune: Perfect greens, challenging fairways, welcoming host and Official World Golf Rankings, what more does a pro golfer would ask for!
A clash of dates with an Asian Tour event in Dhaka notwithstanding, the 4th edition Pune Open Golf Championship starting on Tuesday promises to bring in good scores.
“Golfers in India have improved manifold in last 4-5 years with so many juniors taking up the sport which is a testimony to the double digit winning scores that has become a norm,” is how pro golfer Digvijay Singh explained what was in store for the golfing fans in Pune over the next four days.
With a price purse of Rs 30 lakh, the Tata Steel Professional Golf Tour of India event at the par-71 Poona Club golf course will see leading names such as Mukesh Kumar, Shamim Khan, Mithun Perera, Digvijay Singh, Amardip Malik and Karandeep Kochhar compete for the OWGR points that the PGTI has just been sanctioned with.
The Pune Open, the sixth event of the 2019 season, will see home pros Gurki Shergill, Pravin Pathare, Sameer Shaikh, Rajiv Datar, Akshay Damale, Sagar Raghuvanshi, Dinesh Raghuvanshi and Sunil Galfade as well as amateurs Jay Shirke and Kanishka Lunkad in action.
The field features 126 players including 123 professionals and three amateurs.
“Since our course has undergone upgradation, it is our endeavour to promote golf and provide experience to our junior and budding golfers from Pune,” said Swastik Sirsikar, Captain, Poona Club Golf Course.
“The staging of the Pune Open Golf Championship 2019 will benefit our junior and amateur golfers in many ways.”