26-year-old Aniket Sawant, who calls Glade One Resort in Ahmedabad his home, shot 66-65 (13-under 131) to win the PGTI’s Pre-Qualifier I at Golmuri Golf Course in Jamshedpur.
After the opening round, Sawant was tied for the lead with Anirudh Kamireddipally of Hyderabad, who made an ace on hole no. 1 (his 10th) in the opening round. Kamireddipally finished runners-up with rounds of 66-70 (8-under 136).
A total of 118 players entered the Pre-Q I, out of which 25 made it to the Final Stage, which is scheduled for Jan 31-Feb.3 at Tollygunge Club in Kolkata.
PGTI will now play its Pre-Q II on Jan. 24-25, followed by Pre-Q III on Jan. 27-28.
The tournament is played in two stages – Pre-Qualifying & Final stage. Roughly 300 golfers compete in the pre-qualifying stage, with 80 advancing to the final stage. There they are joined by the pros who finished outside the top-60 on the previous year’s Order of Merit.
The final is a 72-hole event and offers players tour cards across four categories:
Category A – Full Card
Category B – Players who played all four rounds of the Final but do not earn their full card. Players who finished 61-100 on the previous year’s Order of Merit but did not earn their full card for 2022 (To be classified in this category, players must have played in the pre-qualifying event as well)
Category C – Players who played in the final but missed the cut.
Category D – Players who missed the cut in Pre Qualifying and did not make it to the final event.
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