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City golfer in Indian junior camp for Asia Pacific junior C’ship

A slight lapse of concentration on the final day saw Kochar slipping to the second spot on the final day.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
June 8, 2013 3:02:43 am

Last week,when Chandigarh golfer Karandeep Kochar finished tied-second along with another Chandigarh golfer Jaiveer Singh in the IGU Southern India Junior Boys Golf Championship,the 14-year-old golfer rued the fact that he lost the lead on the final day to Arjun Prasad.

A slight lapse of concentration on the final day saw Kochar slipping to the second spot on the final day. The promising golfer later spent some time on the greens with his caddy after the final round.

On Friday,as Kochar was named in the Indian junior camp to be held at Gurgaon from June 21 for the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship to be held in Kolkata in November later this year,the youngster headed straight away to the Chandigarh Golf Club for a practice round.

“It was disappointing to finish second after leading in the category B in the IGU Southern India Junior Boys Golf Championship. But then,Prasad played a good round. I missed some chances to score birdies and it cost me the title. But that’s part of the game. Four golfers in Category B have been chosen for the Indian camp and I am aiming for a good performance in the camp. It will be held in Gurgaon and the conditions will suit me,” shared the Chandigarh golfer.

Last year,Kochar claimed the first runner-up position in the 33rd Asia Pacific Championship held in Myanmar and the 14-year-old golfer is hopeful of making the cut for the Indian team for the championship to be held in Kolkata.

With another Chandigarh golfer,Feroz Singh Garewal also in the Indian camp in the Category A,Kochar is of the view that the experience will come help him in the future.

“I am sure the week at Gurgaon will teach me a lot. Grewal is also a part of the camp and together we will spend a lot of time together. After this,I will be taking a break and I am hopeful of making the cut for the Indian team,” said Kochar while talking with Sportline.

Kochar trains under coach Jesse Grewal at the Chandigarh Golf Club and Grewal believes that the youngster needs to add more physical strength to become more successful. “Karandeep is a talented golfer and he has shown that it in recent months. He has a good short game and needs to work on his physical strength in order to excel at the senior level,” shared Grewal.

Gurbani pips Aditi to win Karnataka Ladies golf

BENGALURU : Rising star Gurbani Singh played a stunning front nine and held her nerves in the closing stages of the third and final round to win the Usha Karnataka Ladies and Junior girls golf,here on Friday. Gurbani,who trailed Aditi Ashok by one shot at the end of the second round,landed four birdies in eight holes on the front nine,even as Aditi herself had four birdies. But Gurbani was flawless,while Aditi dropped bogeys on second and fifth. True to their billing as the top amateur stars,Gurbani and Aditi,took their fight to the wire. When they got to the tee on the 10th,the gap still one,though now in the favour of Gurbani,there was a lot of tension. Gurbani dropped a bogey on 10th to bring matters level.

She dropped another bogey on par-4 11th,but Aditi double bogeyed to fall one behind. Gurbani birdied the 14th and Aditi birdied the 15th,and both parred the last three holes,to leave Gurbani a winner by one. Gauri Monga’s form oscillated to the extreme once again. After a 77 she carded 66 on second day and shot 75 on the final day to end up at 218,11 shots behind the winner.

Astha Madan (74-71-74) was fourth at 219,while Ridhima Dilawari (74-71-75) was fifth at 220. Vrishali Sinha had one of the better final round of even par 70,but her earlier rounds of 74 and 78 meant she finished at 222 in sixth place. Gurbani and Aditi stayed one-two in the Category A also,while Amrita Anand,10th overall,was first in Category B with rounds of 75,73 and 78 and a total of 226. Suchitra Ramesh (78-80-73) was second at 231 and Gurjot Badwal (80-80-79) was third at 239.

In Category C,Ananya Barthakur turned the tables in the final round with a card of 77 as she finished on top at 237 (78-82-77),six shots clear of Pranavi Urs (84-81-78) moved into lead in Category C,while overnight leader Ananya Barthakur (78-82) was second. Anika Verma (79-87-82) at 248 was third.

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