On Friday, as Chandigarh golfer Amandeep Drall made two birdies at the 16th and 17th hole at DLF Golf Club in Gurgaon, the 23-year-old Chandimandir Cantt. golfer made sure that she carved out her fourth win of the year with a title win in the 15th leg of the Women’s Professional Golf Tour by WGAI at Gurgaon. Drall carded an overall score of three-under 213 to move at the top of the Hero Order of Merit with a total earnings of Rs 10,61, 534 with Vani Kapoor lying at the second spot with earnings of 10,21,150 at the end of the leg with two events remaining in the tour.
“Winning my fourth title of the year and to be on the top of the Order of Merit is special for me. The DLF Course is among India’s toughest golf courses and the greens were playing rough. It was up and down in terms of conditions and the weather was hot and humid. I am happy with the way I scored and the three-under score boosted my confidence. The field was good. There are still two events remaining in the season and this win has also given me some cushion. But it will be tough in Lucknow and Noida. I am aiming to finish the season with a high,” said Drall, who started playing golf on the insistence of her father Col Pargat Singh at Chandimandir Cantonment Shivalik Golf Course in 2007.
A regular winner at the junior level, Drall claimed the second spot in the WPGT Tour last year and finished at the second spot in the Order of Merit list with two wins and earnings of Rs 13, 59,935. This year, Drall has won four titles which includes two consective titles in Bengaluru in July apart from six top-three finished in 15 legs of the golf tour. She has also hit 89 birdies this year, second only to Neha Tripathi’s 95 birdies and has carded seven under-par scores to continue her fine form. The golfer will be playing in China later this month before playing in the Indian Open in November.
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“I will be playing in Sanya Open in China later this month before playing in the Indian Open. It is important for me to play as many as international tournaments as I can. If I finish at the top of the Order of Merit, it will give me chance to play some events on the European Tour. Indian Open will be a vital tournament for me as last six winners are also playing in Delhi. I am also playing in the European Tour to be played in Morocco in December this year. The courses there are tough and conditions will be windy. It will be a challenge. Without a sponsor, it is tough to manage but I am hopefull of claiming some more wins and top-three finishes in International events,” said Drall, who studied at Government College of Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh.
Last few months has also seen the rise of golfer Aditi Ashok at the professional circuit. The golfer had also represented India in the Rio Olympics. Drall sees Ashok as an inspiration and believes that playing and planning more qualifiers and tournaments abroad will help her cause in the coming years. “The way Aditi Ashok has fought back and done well at the international level is an inspiration for all of us. She made sure that she played in qualifiers and did well in the tournaments after qualifying. Last year was my rookie year at the circuit and the second place finish gave me confidence. I have been working with my coach Jesse Grewal and my mental training coach former golfer Irina Brar has also been a support and their tips have worked for me,” said Drall.