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After Scotland high,Thiara aims for good showing in WC

Last week,during the US Kids Golf European Championship played at Gullane,Scotland,Chandigarh golfer Vasundhara Thiara had to face one more challenge apart from the windy conditions at the course.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: June 4, 2013 3:14:02 am

Last week,during the US Kids Golf European Championship played at Gullane,Scotland,Chandigarh golfer Vasundhara Thiara had to face one more challenge apart from the windy conditions at the course. The 10-year-old golfer had to adjust her drivers according to the strategically placed pin positions before the start of each hole. Looking for some inspiration,Thiara had a word with her father ahead of the task. The pep-talk did wonders for the golfer who returned with a score of 13-over after the first round. Making early adjustments before the pin position,Thiara returned with a score of 2-under on the second day before returning with a score of one-under,a score which handed her the third spot in the championship.

“Playing in Scotland poses a different set of challenges. The conditions were windy on the first day and I struggled with the conditions. It was bad day for me as I returned with a score of 13-over on the first day. But then things improved for me on the second day. My short game got better and it helped me to return with under-par scores for two consecutive days. I missed the second spot by one shot and it would have been great to finish second. But I am happy with the third-place finish and I want the momentum to be going,” shared Thiara while talking with Sportline. Bagging the third spot,Thiara has now qualified for the US Kids World Championship to be played at Pine Hurst,North Carolina,USA from August 1 to August 4. Thiara finished 18th during last year’s US Kids World Championship held in USA and believes that she has a game to finish among the top-10 in the event. Thiara will be taking part in the IGU Junior Golf Championship later this week before playing in the IGU Junior Golf Tournament next week to be held in Jaipur. “Playing in USA will be different as the greens there are fast paced and one has to play with patience. The weather will be different as it will be warm and sunny in USA. Putting will be the key factor while playing in USA and I will be playing in the Callaway Junior Golf World Championship to be held in San Diego before the world championships,” said Thiara.

Her coach Jesse Grewal believes that this performance will help the young golfer a lot in the future. The coach was of the view that consistency was the key for Thiara in Scotland as the golfer returned with good scores on all the three days of the play. “I believe this performance will boost her confidence a lot. We had been training according to the conditions in Scotland and we worked upon her short game. She practices bunker shots regularly that helped her in Scotland,” felt Grewal.

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