After six gruelling qualifying rounds that started in May, the Prestige Masters Series 2017 grand finale came to a commemorative end at the Prestige Golfshire Club near Bengaluru. Staving off a stiff challenge from a field of 60 finalists, Naveen Wahi from Prestige Golfshire Club emerged victorious to take home the coveted title. The Prestige Masters series was organised in association with GEC Open international golf tour as the Bengaluru leg of the 5-city Indian swing. With this win, the Prestige Masters champion also sealed an elusive spot on the Indian contingent for Dubai Corporate Golf World Cup- the world final of GEC Open 2017 in association with OMA Emirates.
Played in Stableford format, Naveen playing off a handicap of 5 carded 35 points tied with Dr Kartik Reddy who played off 11 handicap but was edged out by Wahi on count-back. The final podium position was occupied by Thomas Vellapally with 34 points off 8 handicap.
The Prestige Masters series is a premier golfing tournament that started in  and has since become one of the most sought-after golf tournaments in the region. The fact that golfers travel from the whole of southern India to participate in the tournament is a huge testament to the growing popularity of the event. The 2017 series hosted over 700 top golfers in six qualifying rounds before culminating in an exciting grand finale.
Besides glory on the greens, the prize presentation was a lavish wine and dine affair, well attended by Bengaluru’s socialites and golfing fraternity.
Faiz Rezwan, Executive Director, Prestige Group said: “The Prestige Masters Series in association with GEC Open 2017 was a memorable and hugely successful series of events. Since May, each month we saw the best of golfers compete to qualify and compete in today’s event. Naveen Wahi is a fitting champion. He showed great valor and determination to come out on top. I wish him best of luck for the GEC Open world final in Dubai.
On association with GEC Open, Faiz Rezwan commented, “We are glad to associate with GEC Open golf tour. The opportunity to represent one’s nation against golfers from around the world is a unique one for an amateur golfer. I am sure the Indian team will have a great time in Dubai and hopefully bring the world cup home.”
Wahi will join winners from other Indian legs- Delhi, Mumbai, Jamshedpur, and Bhubaneswar to represent India at the world final of GEC Open 2017 – Dubai Corporate Golf World Cup. The world final will be on December 13-14 at two world-class golf courses in Dubai among winners from 18 countries.
About GEC Open
The Global Enterprise Connect (GEC) Open, in association with OMA Emirates, journey began in Dubai in 2014, expanded to 6 countries in 2015, 8 countries in 2016 and this year, the event is on its way to the most beautiful courses in eastern hemisphere and reach out to participants in 18 countries, 26 exclusive golf courses engaging over 2400+ c level executives from 800+ global organizations.