Jamshedpur, Dec 16: Golf aficionados of Steel city are set for an exciting weekend with the start of the annual golf event.
The 13th Tata Open Golf will is all set to teed off at the lush green grounds of Beldih and Golmuri golf courses from December 18. The annual event will continue till December 21 with some exciting matches over the weekend.
Top professional golfers of the country will vie for top honours in the tournament which has prize money of Rs 75 lakh increased from Rs 50 lakhs last year.
A total of 120 professionals,including some of the top golfers in the Rolex ranking and six amateurs, will be seen in action during the four-day meet, hosted by Tata Steel and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), organisers said on Tuesday.
Farzan Herjee, chief, guest relations and sports, Tata Steel addressing the media persons at BOC Pavilion on Tuesday said that the meet would be preceded by Pro-Am, which will commence on Wednesday, December 17.
The tournament will feature some of the top Indian professionals, including Chikkarangappa S ( current Rolex Rankings leader), Mukesh Kumar, Shamin Khan, Om Prakash Chouhan, defending champion M Dharma, Shankar das, Amardip Sinh Malik, Digvijay Singh and Sanjay Kumar to name a few.
The event will also have a foreign flavor with Sri Lankans Anura Rohana, K Prabagaran and N Thangaraja, Australia’s Kunal Bhasin, Nepal’s Shivaram Shrestha and Md Zamal Hossain Mollah.
The local challenge will be led by Jamshedpur’s Karan Taunk, who currently leads the PGTI Emerging Player of the Year race for 2014. Taunk was the runner-up at the last year’s Tata Open.
Uttam Singh Mundi of PGTI, said, “TATA Open has always been a challenging prospect for the professionals as it requires them to adapt to two different courses. We wish the players all the best and look forward to an extremely successful event.”
Both the greens were amazing and golf lovers can look forward to some exciting contests over four-days of the competition. While Beldih course flaunts long fairways, Golmuri is a smaller, greener boutique course disallowing golfers any room for error, Mundi added.
The winner will get Rs 12.75 lakh, the first and second runners-up would be richer by Rs 11.65 and Rs 6.65 lakh, respectively.