India welcomes first ADT event with TAKE Solutions India Masters

Tue 30 Sep 2014

India welcomes first ADT event with TAKE Solutions India Masters

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New Delhi, September 30: India will host its first ever Asian Development Tour (ADT) tournament with the launch of the TAKE Solutions India Masters from October 29 to November 1, 2014, officials announced today.
TAKE Solutions, the Asian Tour and PGTI have come together to unveil the TAKE Solutions India Masters where this joint initiative tournament will receive Official World Golf Ranking status, with the winner earning six world ranking points.
The newest addition to the ADT, which is the gateway to the premier Asian Tour, will raise this season’s ADT Schedule to an unprecedented 21 tournaments. The inaugural US$70,000 tournament will be staged at Eagleton Golf Resort in Bengaluru.
Srinivasan HR, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, TAKE Solutions said: “We are delighted and honoured to partner with the Asian Tour and PGTI to launch India’s very first Asian Development Tour tournament. Through this association, it is our vision for the TAKE Solutions India Masters to provide the impetus for aspiring professional golfers from India to succeed on the ADT, and subsequently on the Asian Tour.
“For almost a decade, we have been the proud sponsor of the official Indian qualifying tournament to the World Corporate Golf Challenge, acting as the gateway for highly competitive and skilled Indian corporate golfing teams to the international arena.
“We also sponsor professional golfers S.S.P. Chowrasia and Khalin Joshi to support their growth and success in Indian and international tournaments. The launch of TAKE Solutions India Masters fits aptly with our corporate mission to support the growth and development of professional golf in India and across Asia. I am very confident that our partnership with the Asian Tour and PGTI will benefit the sport in India.”
Asian Tour CEO, Mike Kerr, believes that welcoming India as the newest destination on the burgeoning ADT Schedule augurs well for the game in the sub-continent.
“On behalf of our players, I would like to welcome on board TAKE Solutions India Masters on the ADT. Through our close collaboration with PGTI and the support from great sponsors such as TAKE Solutions, professional golf in India has achieved so much success in Asia with the like of Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa ranking number one over the past decade on the Asian Tour.
“Currently, we are witnessing the exciting emergence of a new breed of young Indian stars in the form of Anirban Lahiri, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Rashid Khan and I am confident the launch of the TAKE Solutions India Masters will  further invigorate the development of golf in India,” said Kerr.
PGTI Director, Padamjit Sandhu, said: “The launch of TAKE Solutions India Masters is very exciting and PGTI is delighted to be working closely once again with the Asian Tour in this new tournament.
“Professional golf in India continues to make giant strides forward and we are fortunate to have established a very solid foundation for growth through the establishment of new tournaments. I would like to express our deepest appreciation to TAKE Solutions for its commitment and support towards golf in India and Asia.”
At 7,100 yards, the par-72 Eagleton Golf Resort will pose a stern test of golf to the ADT hopefuls seeking to win the inaugural TAKE Solutions India Masters. The championship course features dramatic elevation changes while water hazards and bunkers will pose a big challenge to golfers.
The ADT was launched by the Asian Tour in 2010 with five tournaments and grew to 16 events in 2013, and currently stands at 21 events for the 2014 season.
The top-five finishers on the final Order of Merit will earn playing rights in the 2015 Asian Tour season. Since last year, all ADT events also receive Official World Golf Ranking points which is tremendous for the development of the game across the region.
About TAKE Solutions
TAKE Solutions, Ltd. [BSE: 532890 | NSE: TAKE] is premier Life Sciences (LS) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) technology company. TAKE provides cost effective and comprehensive solutions for enterprises across diverse sectors including pharmaceuticals, high technology, consumer packaged goods, oil/gas, and automotive. TAKE’s SCM product suiteincludes distinct technology with embedded IP that spans enterprise mobility, trading partnercollaboration, and material tracking. In the LS domain, TAKE offers IP-based software and extensiveknowledge-based solutions to enable efficient clinical, regulatory, safety and commercializationprocesses. TAKE has been recognized as a ‘Leader’ in IDC Health Insights’ “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Life Science Drug Safety Services 2013 Vendor Assessment”. TAKE’s global headquarters is in Chennai, India; its U.S. headquarters is located in Princeton, New Jersey. TAKE has a proven track record as atrusted partner in delivering world-class solutions to more than 400 customers worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.takesolutions.com.
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.