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Dhaka, Bangladesh, 26 Feb 2017

bti Open returns for its second edition

Enhanced prize purse of Rs. 40 lakh

Field to feature Rashid Khan, Mithun Perera, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Shamim Khan, Khalin Joshi, Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, Udayan Mane


The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), the official sanctioning body of professional golf in India, returns to Dhaka for the second edition of the bti Open which will be held at the pristine Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC) in Dhaka from February 27 – March 2, 2017, and will carry a prize purse of INR 40 lakhs.

The tournament, PGTI’s highest prize money event in Bangladesh till date, will feature some of the top names of the South Asian region. The Indian challenge will be led by the likes of Rashid Khan, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Shamim Khan, Khalin Joshi and Udayan Mane, to name a few. Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah will lead the charge for the host nation while Sri Lanka will also be well-represented by the likes of Mithun Perera and Anura Rohana.
  
This is a 72-hole stroke-play tournament featuring a field of 126 players where the cut will be applied after the first 36 holes. The top 50 players and ties will make the halfway cut and continue to play for another 36 holes.

Mr. Arshi Haider, Chairman, bti Holdings Ltd, said, “We are delighted to once again be the sponsor of this international golfing event. We warmly welcome the players and officials of PGTI to Bangladesh. bti is deeply involved with golf in Bangladesh. Apart from being the sponsor of this PGTI/BPGA golf tournament, we are also the sponsor of the National Golf Team for the past many years. We are passionate about the promotion and development of golf in Bangladesh. 

“Last year the bti open was a great success and we witnessed a thrilling final day when Siddik had a dramatic win on the 72nd hole. Being an avid golfer myself I am looking forward to another exciting edition of the great competitive golf at the fabulous Kurmitola Golf Club.”

Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, Director, PGTI, said, “The PGTI, the BPGA and bti are working towards a common goal of promoting professional golf in the South Asian region. The second edition of the bti Open which has an enhanced prize purse of Rs. 40 lakh is a reflection of this shared vision. Tournaments such as the bti Open will further contribute towards the strengthening of golfing ties between India and Bangladesh. The world-class Kurmitola Golf Club has become an important stop for the PGTI over the years and we are confident that the leading professionals of the South Asian region will once again relish the playing conditions at the KGC.”
  
The venue for the tournament, the Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC) was established in the mid-1950s and moved to its present site a decade later. The KGC is Bangladesh’s premier championship course and has staged many international events. The course known for its tree-lined fairways and plenty of intimidating water hazards is likely to pose a serious challenge to the professionals.

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