PANCHKULA, NOV 24 : Top professionals and some international golfers will compete in the Rs. 20 lakh inaugural HUDA-GTPL-Unitech Haryana Open Golf Championship to be played under the auspices of the Professional Golf Tour of India at the 18-hole Panchkula Golf Club here from November 26 to 29. The main tournament will be preceded by the Pro-Am event which will be played on November 25.
Haryana Commissioner and Secretary D. S Dhesi, who is also vice president of Panchkula Golf Club said the tournament would feature a strong field that will include Mukesh Kumar, Rahul Ganapathy, Gaganjeet Bhullar, C Muniyappa, Shamim Khan and Vijay Kumar, to name a few, who will be strongly challenged by local stalwarts namely Harendra Gupta, Harmeet Kahlon, Gurbaaz Mann, Uttam Singh Mundy, Sujjan Singh and Ajeetesh Sandhu.
Dhesi said that "the design, layout and good condition of the golf course will provide ample opportunities to challenge the golfing prowess of the players and allow those in peak form to score well and demonstrate their excellence and golf proficiency."
Brigadier I S Punia, General Manager added that "The details of approved projects to be undertaken and completed in the next 6 – 12 month period include the addition of an all weather swimming pool, upgrading the golf course by installation of auto-irrigation sprinkler systems, purchase of new turf management machines & equipment and appointment of a specialized consultant to help refine the layout after shifting of the unauthorized encroachments in and around the golf course. Lighting would also be provided at the Driving Range and to cover the areas of the 9th and 18th hole greens"
The Panchkula Golf Club is a significant venture of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and is controlled by a governing body under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, Haryana. PGC has reciprocal membership arrangements with Tollygunge Golf Club (Kolkata), Bombay Presidency Golf Club (Mumbai), Shivalik Golf Club (Chandimandir), Naldhera Golf Club (Shimla), Aravali Golf Club, (Faridabad), Noida Golf Club (Noida) and Udaipur Military Station Golf Club (Udaipur)
Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Business Head, PGTI, said, "Support of sponsors such as HUDA, GTPL and Unitech has helped us create another great tournament for our professionals. We are confident that over the years we will be able to develop this tournament into a prestigious event on the Professional Golf Tour of India."