BTI Open 2018 returns for its Sixth Edition
April 23, 2018
The Sixth bti OPEN 2018, an International Golf Tournament, will be held at the pristine Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC), from 24 – 27 April, 2018 and will carry a prize purse of BDT 50.00 lac.
The tournament is Tri-sanctioned by Asian Development Tour (ADT), Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and Bangladesh Professional Golf Association (BPGA) and approved by Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF).
This is a 72-hole stroke-play tournament featuring a field of 132 players including 40 professionals from the BPGA, 45 professionals from the PGTI and 45 professionals from the ADT. 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. Country representatives in this tournament are from Singapore, Japan, USA, Sweden, Finland, Argentina, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Wales, New Zealand, and Bangladesh for the total prize money of BDT 50 lac.
The title sponsor of the tournament is building technology & ideas Ltd. The Chairman of bti said they are very focused to promote golf in Bangladesh and this is the sixth international Golf tournament they have become title sponsor of.
This is the second tri-sanctioned tournament hosted in Bangladesh this year and is set to feature some of the top names of the South Asian region, including the star golfer from Bangladesh – Mr. Siddikur Rahman. In addition, the Bangladeshi trio of Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (two-time winner on the PGTI), Md Shakhawat Hossain Sohel and Md Dulal Hossain will lead the charge for the host nation.
Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “It is a great pleasure to work with the BPGA for the third tournament in this calendar year. The return of the bti Open on the PGTI calendar, this time as a tri-sanctioned event among the Asian Development Tour, PGTI and BPGA, is in keeping with our long-term objective of creating maximum playing opportunities for our players. Such tournaments will contribute to the cause of the development of young professional golfers around the region. We wish the players all the best and look forward to yet another successful bti Open.”
Adnan Othman, Tournament Director, Asian Development Tour, said the course is in excellent condition. He added, “It’s better than the last time I was here. Weather wise it is uncertain. We are expecting rain. But hopefully we will finish all four rounds.”
Asif Ibrahim, President, BPGA said about how he is looking forward to this upcoming event and is excited to see the sixth edition of bti Open 2018 unfold at KGC, Dhaka. “We have been working hard to lift the standard of the game and exploring more opportunities by arranging more tours for professional golfers for last two years. We wish all the best for a successful bti Open”, he said.
Brig Gen Quamrul Islam (retd), SPP, Secretary General, BPGA said, ” I am happy that the BPGA has been able to work closely with the cause of developing professional golf in the region alongside ADT and PGTI. I believe this sort of Tri-sanctioned tournament will act as a launching pad for the potential golfers to flourish. Besides, such golf tournaments will make Bangladesh a golfing destination and support tourism and economy of the country.”
Honey Baisoya, Professional Golfer said that it’s good to be back. He added, “Thank you bti for sponsoring this event and supporting professional golf in the region. Looking forward to a great week of golf.”
Siddikur Rahman, Professional Golfer, said, “I start every tournament with the target of winning. So my target will be the same next week. The Kurmitola golf course looks in beautiful conditions and it will be challenging as always.”
Johnson Poh, Professional Golfer, said “I’m feeling really good after winning the Johor golf tournament two weeks ago. So I’m planning to ride on the momentum. The weather in Dhaka reminds me of my home in Singapore.”
The title sponsor of the tournament – bti – is one of the pioneer real estate developers in the country with 35 years of experience and has pledged their support over the years for the development of professional golfers in Bangladesh. bti is an example of how private organizations can lend support to the golfers’ community and help project a positive image of the country to the entire world.