Chandigarh’s Gupta eyes consistency this season

The 27-year-old golfer will lead the Chandigarh challenge in the PGTI Players Championship in Bengaluru

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 2, 2013 1:07 am

Just before the practice round at the Eagleton Golf Course in Bengaluru on Monday,Chandigarh golfer Harendra Gupta met fellow golfer Anirbhan Lahiri,who won the PGTI Players Championship held at Pune last week. Lahiri belongs to Bengaluru and Gupta wanted to seek his inputs about the course ahead of the PGTI Players Championship which begins from Tuesday at the Eagleton Golf Club. Incidentally,Lahiri will be the golfer to watch out in the Bengaluru event after winning the title in Pune last week and Gupta knows that he will have to play his best golf to claim a top-three spot in Bengaluru.

“It’s Anirban’s home course and he knows a lot about the gold course. We met during the practice round and I sought some inputs from him about the golf course. The weather is good here and the greens are bit tough to tackle. The ball is jumping here and it will pose a tough challenge. But then it will be for all of us. But anything can happen in golf. The way Anirban played on the last day in Pune was tremendous,” shared Gupta. The last few months have seen the Chandigarh golfer missing his peak form,his last major win came when he won the Crompton and Greaves Mumbai Open in 2012. Gupta’s best finish this year came in the PGTI Championship held in Chandigarh early this year where he finished third. With 14 tournaments still to go in the PGTI calendar,Gupta is confident of bouncing back in the tour this season. “I have played well this year but it has happened in patches. I finished in top-3 in Chandigarh but could have won the title. Playing in successive tournaments has been my focus this year and it’s just the start of domestic season. I have played in 6 tournaments and I will be playing in the rest of the 14 tournaments. I want to finish in top-5 this season,” shared Gupta,who is currently placed 17th in the Order of Merit list.

PGTI Players Championship at Eagleton Golf Course will carry a prize purse of Rs 30 Lakh and will see the participation of leading professionals like Anirban Lahiri,Shamim Khan,Himmat Singh,Digvijay Singh,Mukesh Kumar and Chiragh Kumar. The top foreigners in the field include Mithun Perera (Sri Lanka),Kunal Bhasin (Australia) and Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (Bangladesh). The other prominent Bangalore golfers in the fray besides Anirban Lahiri and C Muniyappa are Chikkarangappa S,R Murthy,M Dharma,Abhishek Jha,R Srinivas and Khalin Joshi.

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