Early in October,when Chandigarh golfer Aadil Bedi finished fourth in the 11-13 years category in the 1st all-India Finals Golf Tournament at Kolkata,the 12-year-old golfer almost dented his chances of topping the Order of Merit.
Bedis coach Jesse Grewal suffered a ankle injury which meant that Grewal could not spend time with Bedi for the rest of the two events in the all-India finals. A resolute Bedi then approached coach Gursimran Singh Sethi at Forest Hill Golf Course.
Two months later,Bedi’s efforts proved fruitful when the youngster won the third all-India Final in Coimbatore on Friday and topped the IGU Order of Merit for 11-13 Juniors for the year 2013. When I shot a score of 79 in the last round in Kolkata,I thought that my chances in the all-India finals were almost finished. Jesse sir suffered an ankle injury and I was very disappointed. My father then approached Sethi sir at Forest Hill golf Course and we spent some time for course management and routine practice. His tips also helped me and later I spent time with Jesse sir. I am happy to top the Order of Merit, shared Bedi,who is a student of VIIth in Vivek High School. Bedi earlier won three tournaments in the league stage of the all-India tournaments and finished second in two tournaments.
Last month,Bedi won the title in the 11-13 years category C in the Albatross Asian tour Championship held at Jaypee Greens Golf Course.
The talented golfer first won the Mumbai leg of the all-India finals before he also emerged as the winner of the third and final leg of all-India finals at Coimbatore on Friday. Bedi returned with respective scores of 75,75 and 76 in Coimbatore and gathered 65 points after he claimed 65 points in Mumbai leg. Kshitij N. Kaul of Delhi finished second with 117 points and Sandip Yadav of Kolkata finished third with 102 points.
It was a close final. The conditions in Coimbatore were humid and hot as compared to North India and I had to adjust my game accordingly. I played consistently and returned with consistent scores which helped me in winning the title. This is my last year in category C and I will cherish this win, said the golfer,who will compete in category B from next year.
Meanwhile,CSR Reddy,president,Chandigarh Golf Association has announced a cash award of Rs one Lakh for Bedi on his success.
Garewal lying sixth
Chandigarh golfer Feroz Singh Garewal was lying at sixth spot with an overall score of 152 on the second day of the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship being played at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club here on Friday.
Another Chandigarh golfer Karandep Kochar was lying tied eighth along with Natchapon Eaksen of Thailand with an overall score of 156 aftert he second round. Thailands Suradit Yongcharoenchai shot 2-under par 70 to lead in the individual category.
The 15-year-old was level par 144 after 36 holes of play. Viraj Madappa added another 73 to his overnight 73 to be in second place,just two shots behind the leader with team mate Manu Gandas a further two shots behind Viraj. The duo combined together to take the lead in the team category as they established a four-shot lead over Chinese Taipei A’ consisting of overnight leader Sung I Yu and Chun An Yu. Thailand B comprising of Ekthumrong Luanganuruk,Suradit Yongcharoenchai were in third place at 301.
Meanwhile,in the girls category which began on Friday,India’s Ridhima Dilawari shot a level par 72 to be tied for the top spot along with Min-Jou Chen of Chinese Taipei in the Girls (A&B) catgeory. Gurbani Singh was in third place at 73. Ridhima had finished second at the All India Juniors at the very same venue last year which has also been her best finish of her career thus far.
On Friday,the 15-year-old began on a solid note making pars on the first three holes while making a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole. However,she hit a blue patch on when she made a bogey on the par-4 sixth and a double on the next hole to close her front nine at 2-over. She made amends on the back nine when she was on a birdie blitz making four birdies in five holes from 11th to 15th.
A bogey each on the 16th and 18th,she was back to level par.