Marking the highest prize sum for any women’s championship event in India, The Hero Women’s Indian Open Golf Championship prize sum has been raised to $500,000, a 25 % increase with respect to the last year announced $400,000.
The Hero Women’s Indian Open will enter in its 12th edition featuring 10 players coming from different 30 countries and will enter the tournament with a single motto to bag US $500,000.
The open will witness incumbent defending championship Camille Chevalier of France which will return to the tour starting from October 18-21, 2018 in order to continue her winning streak at the Gary Player layout of the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram.
With the increased sum of $500,000 prize, the Hero Women’s Indian Open (HWIO) 2018 will stand as the second richest golf tournament in India following the men’s Hero Indian Open.
The HWIO which was started in 2007, with $100,000 as its prize money, has shown a five-fold surge in the prize money over the span of 12 editions.
In addition to this, the tournament will be telecast ‘Live’ across its all four days of actions which will be contested over 72 holes, the organisers have reported.
Amid Indian top performers, Vani Kapoor, who finished a career best sixth in the last edition, will spearhead the Indian women squad including Tvesa malik, Amandeep Drall along with Gursimar Badwal.
Gary Player Layout at the DLF Golf and Country Club will be hosting the Hero Women’s Indian Open for the fourth time in succession and referred as the home course for the women’s golf in India.
Mr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp, said, “As a long-term sponsor of Golf across the world, it gives me great joy and satisfaction to see this sport take giant strides in India. The Hero Women’s Indian Open has evolved into a sought after event over the past decade and still continues to grow stronger with each passing year. Tournaments such as these inspire young girls to take up the sport as a career. As this tournament continues to get more prominence, so will the young Indian players. I wish the organizers the best of luck and look forward to yet another successful edition of the tournament.”
Mrs Kavita Singh, President, WGAI, said, “The Women’s Golf Association of India, with the support of our title sponsor, Hero MotoCorp, is proud to stage the 12th edition of the Hero Women’s Indian Open. This year will see an increase in prize money to US $ 500,000 and also see the tournament being telecast Live for the first time. This will no doubt showcase the growing strength of Indian women’s professional golf to a worldwide audience. It is with the help of our sponsors and well-wishers that the WGAI continues to grow from strength to strength. On behalf of WGAI, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Hero MotoCorp and the Ladies European Tour for their continuous support.”
Mark Lichtenhein, Chairman, LET, said, “We are delighted that the Hero Women’s Indian Open will hit new heights this year with a boosted prize fund of $500,000 and four days of Live television coverage. The Ladies European Tour has sanctioned the tournament since 2010 and we are always excited to return to this vibrant country to inspire the next generation of young Indian stars. We are lucky to have a great partner in Hero MotoCorp, whose commitment to the growth of the tournament will set new standards for professional women’s golf.”