Chowrasia leads local challege in Rs 30 lakh PGTI championship

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Kolkata, Jun 17 (UNI) Rains might play spoilsport in the PGTI Players' Championship, a Rs 30-lakh prize money golfing tournament, scheduled to begin tomorrow at Royal Calcutta Golf Club.

Though Mukesh Kumar of Mhow has been seeded No 1, he is expected to face a tough challenge from locals - SSP Chowrasia, Rahil Gangjee and Feroz Ali Molla at the oldest and ''toughest'' golf course, RCGC, of India.

The play from June 18-21 with the Pro-Am event on June 22 has participation from prominent Indian professionals like SSP Chowrasia, Gaurav Ghei, Rahil Gangjee, Ashok Kumar, Mukesh Kumar, Rahul Ganapathy, Harendra Gupta, Arjun Singh, Digvijay Singh, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Feroz Ali Mollah, announced RCGC convernor Kuldip Suri.

Tour Commissioner, PGTI, Ajai Gupta said they were making efforts to hold this type of tournament every year at the RCGC having a golfing legacy.

He said this was the first championship in three and half years at the RCGC since December 2005 and hoped the next four days would witness a tough competition.

'' We are grateful to the RCGC for partnering with us in staging this tournament, '' he added.

He, however, expressed concern over the fate of the championship as monsoon rains and deepression over Bay of Bengal were really casting a shadow on the golf course.

Similar concerns have been echoed by SSP Chowrasia, Rahil Gangjee and Digvijay Singh, present in the news conference.

30 year-year-old Chowrasia, who turned a pro in 1997, said being a local he was enjoying advantage at the RCGC but admitted that he would have to face a tough time in the next four days. Incidentally, the PGTI players' championship would be his first at the RCGC.

Rahil Gangjee said the taller players will get an advantage over the short headers in the rain-soaked course at the RCGC.

The PGTI Players Championship here comes close on the heels of a successful inaugural similar tournament played in Chandigarh which witnessed the first three-way playoff for a title on the PGTI.


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