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Tata Golf tees off today

Participants of the 12th Tata Open Golf have twin reasons to cheer. They will swing like Sultans on a revamped course and for big prize money.

The nine-hole Beldih and the 18-hole Golmuri golf courses will host the five-day event, which will kick off with a pro-am (professional-amateurs) round on Wednesday. The meet is being jointly organised by Tata Steel and Professional Golf Tour of India.

The total prize money is Rs 50 lakh. While, the winner will take home Rs 8,08,250, the first runner up will bag Rs 5,58,250. The one who comes third will get Rs 3,13,250 and the fourth will have to stay happy with Rs 2,53,250.

“Tata Open Golf is an annual professional tournament of repute, which gives an opportunity to golfing talents from across the globe to display their skills. We welcome all golfers to the steel city and wish them luck,” said Tata Steel managing director T.V. Narendran, addressing a news meet at Beldih Club on Tuesday evening.

The main events, with 111 golfers in the fray, is scheduled from December 19 to 22. Professionals include defending champion Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka, fellow countrymen N. Thangaraja and Anura Rohana, Nepal’s Shivaram Shrestha, Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Kunal Bhasin of Australia.

The local challenge will be led by Jamshedpur-based top Indian amateur Karan Taunk.

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