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Kolkata’s Md Sanju shot his best score

Round one of the bti Open 2017



27.02.2017 15:54:50 - Golf competing to the72-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

(live-PR.com) - Golf competing to the72-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
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 ledby best of Rashid Khan, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Shamim Khan, Khalin Joshi and Udayan Mane, to name a few. Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah to lead the charge for the host nation. Sri Lanka will also be well-represented by the likes of Mithun Perera and Anura Rohana..

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.”

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.

Dhaka, February 27, 2017: Kolkata’s Md Sanju shot his best score of the last two seasons, a five-under-67, to take the lead in round one of the bti Open 2017 on a day that saw Indians dominate the leaderboard at the Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC) in Dhaka.

Rookie Jaibir Singh of Bengaluru was a shot behind in second place while Delhi’s Rashid Khan and Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi shared third place with Sri Lankan Mithun Perera at three-under-69.
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.
Md Sanju, who finished the last PGTI season ranked 55th in the Order of Merit, was two-under through the first seven holes before he produced his two best shots of the day that led to tap-in birdies on the 10th and 11th. He did give away a bogey on the 16th but not without capitalizing on the two par-5s on the back-nine, the 14th and 17th.


The 34-year-old Sanju said, “I’m quite excited about the week after this solid start. A couple of outstanding approach shots on the 10thand 11th were the highlight of my round as they set up two easy birdie putts. My score could’ve been even better had I not missed three short putts from a range of three feet.


“I didn’t have a great season last year despite finishing inside the top-60. I also missed the cuts in the first two events of the 2017 season. So this round, my best in the last two years, is a huge morale-booster.


“The KGC course is in great condition and I’ve always enjoyed playing here. I had posted a top-20 last year at the bti Open. The key will be to improve on my putting from short range from here on.”

Jaibir Singh, playing only his third event as a professional, also enjoyed a good start as he returned a 68 which featured seven birdies and three bogeys.

Indian stars Rashid Khan and Khalin Joshi as well as Sri Lanka’s top golfer Mithun Perera started well with matching scores of 69 to be tied third.

Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta, Naman Dawar of Delhi and Bengaluru’s Udayan Mane were all placed tied sixth at two-under-70.

Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, Rabin Miah and Md Dulal Hossain were the highest placed Bangladeshi golfers in tied ninth with scores of one-under-71.

PGTI Order of Merit leader Ajeetesh Sandhu of Chandigarh, also the winner of the last event in Hyderabad, was in tied 17th place at even-par-72.


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