Fresh from his tied 14th place finish in the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Open last week,Chandigarh golfer Ajeetesh Sandhu will be teeing off in the PGTI Jaypee Greens Open to be played at Jaypee Greens Golf Course,Gurgaon from today. Sandhu will be playing in his second tournament of the current season after playing in Sri Lanka,a tournament which he believes has given him a fine start for the season ahead.
“It was a different experience playing in the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Open last week. The conditions were different and the course was tough. The humid weather meant that we had to work hard and the grass conditions were different as compared to India. Unfortunately I broke one of my clubs during the last round which cost me a top ten finish. But I am happy with my performance last week,” shared Sandhu while talking with Sportline. Sandhu will be leading the charge for Chandigarh along with fellow golfers Abhijeet Singh Chadha and Harendra Gupta in the PGTI Jaypee Greens Championship and will be rubbing shoulders along with the likes of Shamim Khan,Ashok Kumar and Mukesh Kumar. The event carry a prize money of Rs 20 Lakh and Sandhu believes that playing in his second tournament of the season will set the tempo for him for the busy season. “It’s always good to start the season playing at home and playing in the PGTI Jaypee Greens Open will provide me much needed competition. Shamim,Ashok and Chadha have won on the PGTI Circuit and it will be a tough challenge to play along with them. The course plays well during this time of the year and I am looking forward to a good finish in Gurgaon,” said the 24-year-old golfer.
Sandhu will be flying to Indonesia this Sunday to take part in the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Matsers to be played at Royale Jakarta from May 2 to May 5. Sandhu got the entry to the Indonesian Open on the basis of his sixth place finish in last year’s PGTI Order of Merit,a feat which makes him eligible for ten tournaments in the Asian tour. Last year,Sandhu finished tied 35th in the tournament and the golfer is eager to improve upon last year’s performance. “Playing in Indonesia is always a fascinating challenge. Asian Tour sees the presence of some of the world’s top ranked golfers and the challenge makes a golfer to learn something every time. I believe that playing in some tournaments before the Indonesian Open will help my game and I am aiming for a top ten finish in the tournament,” shared Sandhu,who will also be playing in the PGTI Championship in Nepal in May.