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Kolkata Classic Golf scrapped from 2018 calendar due to lack of sponsors

The Kolkata Classic Golf tournament has been dropped from the Professional Golf Tour of India’s 2018 calendar. In the previous two editions, Shubhankar Sharma and Shamim Khan were the winners.

other sports Updated: Dec 24, 2017 20:10 IST
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Shamim Khan won the 2017 edition of the Kolkata Classic Golf tournament, which will be scrapped from the 2018 calendar due to lack of sponsors. (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

In a big blow to the sport in the eastern region, the Professional Golf Tour of India’s annual event - Kolkata Classic has been dropped from next season’s calendar due to the lack of sponsors.

“It is not happening because of lack of sponsors. It all depends on sponsorship,” PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy said on the sidelines of the final round of McLeod Russel Tour Championship.

The event, that carried a prize purse of Rs 40 lakh, ran for two years with Shubhankar Sharma winning the inaugural edition in 2016 and Shamim Khan emerging champion this year.

The PGTI is yet to ink a fresh contract with McLeod Russel whose three-year agreement for the Rs 1.5 crore Tour Championship got over today. The Tour Championship is a much-anticipated last meet of the PGTI calendar involving the top 50 in Order of Merit and 15 invitation entries, an event that has been in the run for six years.

Mundy, however, sounded hopeful that the season-ending event will remain intact.

“We are working on it and we are hopeful. But I can not say now,” Mundy said about the future of the Tour Championship.

First Published: Dec 24, 2017 20:03 IST