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Gautam Thapar is Chairman & CEO of one of India's leading business conglomerates, the US$ 4 bn Avantha Group. With an impressive global footprint, the Group operates in over ten countries, employing 20,000 people belonging to 20 different nationalities. The Group has business interests in diverse areas, including pulp and paper, power transmission and distribution equipment and services, food processing, farm forestry, chemicals, energy, infrastructure, information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services.
An avid golfer playing to a single figure handicap, Gautam Thapar takes personal interest in promoting professional golf in India. His path-breaking initiative, the BILT Skins Golf, 2003, helped popularize golf and paved the way for similar events in the country. Today, the Avantha Group hosts two major tournaments on the PGTI, the BILT Open and CG Open. His active interest in golf has helped the game attract corporate sponsorships in India. His visionary approach, combined with his remarkable knack for spotting and nurturing talent, has taken professional golf to new heights in the country.
Srinivasan H.R., fondly known as Sri, is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of TAKE Solutions and a member of its Board of Directors. He brings 29 years of experience in Supply Chain and General Management.
Sri started his career as a Civil Servant in the Government of India. Subsequent to that, he successfully held several leadership roles including Executive Director of the Shriram Group, Managing Director of Sembcorp Logistics, Singapore and Managing Director of Temasek Capital, Singapore among others. He has served on both the State and Regional Councils of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He has also served as the President of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Chennai Chapter. In 2008, Sri was conferred with the CII Connect – “Entrepreneur of the Year” and the CII Tamil Nadu “Emerging Entrepreneur” award in association with The Hindu Business Line in 2010. He is a member of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization).Sri is also a passionate golfer and golf evangelist, who firmly believes that the development of the game requires corporate support. TAKE Solutions is dedicated to the long term development of Indian golf and has several corporate and professional golf events in its forte.
Digvijay Singh has been an Asian Tour regular and one of the top performers on the Indian domestic circuit since turning professional in 1999. He achieved his breakthrough win on the Asian Tour at the Panasonic Open India 2012. Digvijay also has 12 titles to his credit on the domestic circuit in India. He won the All India Matchplay Championship in the 2003-04 season. Digvijay’s only win on the PGTI came at the PGTI Players Championship at Coimbatore in 2008. Some of his other top results on the Asian Tour have been a tied fourth finish at the Emaar-MGF Indian Masters 2008 and third place at the Indian Open 2002. During his amateur days, Digvijay represented India in the Eisenhower Trophy, Nomura Cup and the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He also won the Sri Lankan Amateur Championship in 1996 and 1997. Digvijay is an adventure sports enthusiast. He enjoys sky-diving, biking and target shooting.
Amardip Sinh Malik, who turned professional in 2005, achieved his breakthrough win at the PGTI Noida Masters in 2014. The professional, who originally hails from Meerut and now resides in Greater Noida, has had a number of top performances in recent years including runner-up finishes at the ONGC Masters 2008, BILT Open 2010, PGTI Players Championship at Pune in 2012, the PGTI Players Championship at Panchkula in 2013 and the TAKE Solutions Classic 2016.
Manav Jaini, who turned professional in 2006, has won two titles on the PGTI including the All India Matchplay Championship 2011 and the Jaypee Greens Open 2013. He has posted three top-5s on the Asian Tour so far including a joint runner-up finish at the Panasonic Open India 2011 and a tied third place at the Indian Open 2010. The Delhi-based golfer had won the 2001 Northern India Championship as an amateur.
Gurki Shergill, who turned professional in 2001, is one of the top golfers to have emerged from the state of Maharashtra. He recorded his maiden professional victory at the 8th TATA Open in 2009. He thus became the first-ever golfer from Pune to win a professional title. Gurki has represented India in the Teen’s Capri Trophy (Juniors) in France and at the Hong Kong Amateur. He captained West Zone for four years in the All India Inter-Zonals and led the Maharashtra team at the 1997 National Games held in Bengaluru.
Angad Cheema made a mark in his rookie season on the PGTI in 2013 as he finished third in the Rolex Ranking after posting a win at the Dialog Enterprise International in Sri Lanka and a runner-up finish at the BILT Open. He also won the PGTI Feeder Tour event at Jaipur in 2013. Angad was ranked No. 2 on the Indian amateur circuit in 2012. He won a total of five titles at the amateur level and represented India at the Eisenhower Trophy and Nomura Cup. Angad played his rookie season on the Asian Tour in 2015 after earning his card through the qualifying school.
Rudresh Sharma has been a regular on the PGTI since turning professional in 2009. He was runner-up at the PGTI Feeder Tour event played at Golden Greens in 2010. He also posted a top-5 at the IndianOil XtraPremium Masters 2012.