City Bank American Express Chittagong Open 3rd edition trophy unveiled

The third edition of the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open golf tournament will be held at the pristine Bhatiary Golf &Country Club (BGCC) in Chittagong from March6–9, 2019 and will carry a prize purse of BDT 47.40 lacs (INR 40.00).

The tournament is co-sanctioned by the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI)and the Bangladesh Professional Golfers Association (BPGA) and approved by Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF).

This is a 72-hole stroke-play tournament featuring a field of 126 players including 56 professionals and from the BPGA and 70 professionals from the PGTI, apart from those 6 amateurs from BGCC. 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.

This tournament, PGTI’s first in Bangladesh this year is set to feature some of the top names of the South Asian region. The Bangladeshi players of Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (two-time winner on the PGTI) and Md Shakhawat Hossain Sohel will lead the charge for the host nation. N. Thangaraja defending Champion, Udayan Mane, M Dharma and Aman Raj from the PGTI side.

Maj. Emdadul, Chairman, Media Committee, Bhatiary Golf & Country Club (BGCC), said, “We are very happy to host the third edition of the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open. This tournament gives us an opportunity to brand Chittagong in a very positive way and promote eco-tourism.”

Rizwan Farouq, Chairman, Riz Events, said, “After the successful inaugural edition of the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open last year we are happy to be back with the second edition of the tournament. I would like to thank the title sponsor City Bank American Express and co-sponsors BSRM & Elite Paints and our partners Ispahani, Avenue Hotel &Suites, & Buckle Up for their continued support to the tournament. I would like to thank BGCC for entrusting us to do the event this year as well and would also like to thank the two co-sanctioning bodies PGTI and BPGA. We hope it is a very successful tournament and may the best man win the 3rd City Bank American Express Chittagong Open.”

Uttam Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “We thank the BPGA and City Bank American Express for partnering with us in staging the third edition of the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open. The tournament seeks to build on the existing golfing ties between India and Bangladesh and is a result of the joint vision of the PGTI and the BPGA to further raise the standard of professional golf in the South Asian region. The Chittagong Open will be PGTI’s second event in Bangladesh this season which is a reflection of the country’s emergence as a golfing hub. PGTI members look forward to returning to theimmaculate Bhatiary Golf & Country Club for the second year running.”

Salman Ispahani, VP Golf, BGCC, said,It isn’t easy organizing a golf tournament the cost is high but thanks to City Bank American Express for being the title sponsor & the co-sponsors BSRM & Elite Paints for still being a part professional golf tournament. This is the first time this tournament has gotten the full field of 126 players where 70 are PGTI & 56 is from BPGA. Encouraged the print & electronic media to cover this prestigious golf event.

Aadil Bedi, Professional Golfer, said, this is my first tournament of the year. Thanking the Title Sponsor City Bank American Express, other sponsors & partners. Really enjoying Bangladesh this is my first time and looking forward in playing a great game. I really like the golf course it in beautiful shape. The greens are in international standards and it will be a low score to win the match. As conditions are ideal.

Md Shakhawat Hossain Sohel, Professional Golfer, said Thanks the host club for hosting the tournament. Also thanking the print and electronic media for coming. The golf course is in the best condition.