Chandigarh’s Feroze Grewal claimed the second spot in category A with a score of 21-over 305 on the concluding day of the Indian Golf Union Uttar Pradesh Juniors Golf tournament,an even of the IGU Junior National Tour,played at Noida Golf Club. Viraj Madappa riding on a cushion of 12 shots overnight had only himself to beat as he registered a huge 18-shot victory.
The Kolkata lad shot a final round of 4-over 75 to finish the tournament at 3-over 287. Coming at a distant second was Feroz Singh Garewal at 305 with Ritwik Jain and Raghubir Choudhary sharing the third spot at 308. Tanvir Kahlon and Pukhraj Singh Gill were tied for the fifth place at 309 while Chandigarh’s Karandeep Kochhar and Chandigarh’s Jairaj Singh Sandhu were tied for the seventh place at 311.
Tanvir Kahlon emerged as the winner in Category B with a four-day total of 309 beating karandeep Kochhar by two shots. Arjun Puri and Kartik Sharma were tied for the third place at 319 while Kartik Digvijay Singh was fifth at 322. Udayajit Bhalotia and Hassan Rahman finished sixth and seventh respectively. With the fight for the title almost over at the end of the third round,the fight was on for minor placings.
However,young Viraj after an initial hiccup where he began the day with a bogey on the par-5 first,he lost one more stroke on the par-4 sixth to take the turn at 2-over. A birdie start on the back nine was followed by consecutive bogeys on the 11th and 12th before a birdie on the 14th. Two more bogeys on the 15th and the finishing hole did not matter much as by that time he had widened the gap.
“I am happy to win the title and that too by a huge margin. It is always good to begin the season with a victory,” said Viraj. “I was not in any kind of pressure and that helped a bit,” he added. “I look forward to make it a hat-trick in this Northern swing of events,” said the champion.
Talking about his performance in the tournament,Chandigarh golfer Feroze Grewal said the tournament gave him some vital points in the national tour.
“I suffered a calf sprain on the first day of the tournament but I decided to continue. The tournament was a chance to score some vital points on the national tour and I am happy that I finished second in the tournament. I will take some rest before I play in the next tournament in the national tour,” said the student of DAV Public School,Sector 15. In category B,Chandigarh’s Karandeep Kochar finished second.