Anirban focussing on European tour

Anirban focussing on European tour

Anirban focussing on European tour

Recognition: Anirban Lahiri (left) receives a plaque from BY Vijayendra, MP and son of Chief MInister BS Yeddyurappa, at a function organised by the BGC on Saturday. DH photo

The 22-year-old professional, who topped the PGTI Order of Merit List 2009 with two victories and nine top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments played, was handed a plaque by chief guest BY Vijayendra, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa’s son.

The talented youngster, who also featured regularly on the Asian Tour and surprised many with a third-place finish at the Indian Open last year, was also named brand ambassador of the Touche Golf Academy located at the BGC.

“After reviewing his performance over the last year, the Touche Golf Academy has decided to sponsor Anirban for a year.

“The Academy will bear the travel and accommodation costs at tournaments in which he plays,” said Rathan Kumar, Managing Director of Touche Golf.
“This is really wonderful news,” expressed Lahiri, who collected a total prize money of Rs 36,57,853 from his performances in India.

“This now gives me the freedom to play more tournaments abroad without worrying much about costs. Most importantly, I need to thank my coach Vivek Divecha for introducing me to Touche.”

Elaborating on his plans for the forthcoming season after a month’s break, Lahiri said his focus would be on playing more co-sanctioned events.

“My current focus would be to play more European co-sanctioned events that will help my gradual migration to the west.

“This week, I get a chance to play at the Dubai Desert Classic that will feature some of the top international stars.“This will be my first tournament following the season-ending break and I am raring to go. Following the Dubai tournament, I will be flying straight to Delhi for the Avantha Masters. A perfect way to kick off the season,” added Lahiri, who left Bangalore on Sunday night for Dubai.