Budding Chandigarh golfer Aadil Bedi has done the city proud by finishing tenth in the British Junior Masters Golf Championship,which was held at St Andrews Golf Course in Scotland from June 5 to June 7. The 11-year-old youngster returned to Chandigarh on Wednesday and straightaway headed to Chandigarh Golf Association range to train. Post the experience,he had just one thing to say,”Playing at the St Andrew’s Golf Course has been the biggest moment in my career.”
Bedi shot rounds of 81,76 and 78 in the three-day competition in the U-11 category and stood tenth among 560 golfers from all over the world. Golfers from 65 countries took part in the championship and the golfer was ecstatic over his exploits. “The tenth place finish is one of my most satisfying performances. The competition was tough and the conditions were rough in Scotland. The weather was windy,rainy and the temperature was around seven degrees. The greens played very fast and I had to adjust my game accordingly. Perhaps,playing at the St Andrew’s Golf Course lifted my game to a different level,” shared Bedi.
Aadil also claimed the green card to play in the next year’s British Junior Open and will not need to play in the qualifying matches to be held in India. Before taking part in the Junior British Open,the youngster had won the Rajasthan Junior Golf Championship held at Jaipur in may this year and also finished second in the Haryana Junior Golf Championship. Bedi is now currently third in the IGU merit list in Category C. “The win in Jaipur boosted my confidence a lot. It feels good when one goes in a competition with a win in the previous tournament. As a junior golfer,the IGU tournaments are very important for us and we are always eager to play in these tournaments. I have played in three tournaments out of five and I will be resuming play in the domestic circuit now,” said Bedi.
Bedi’s coach Jesse Grewal believes that the exposure at the British Junior Masters will do Bedi a lot of good. “The way Bedi adapted playing in rough conditions in Scotland was commendable. It will help him a lot in future. He will now prepare for Callaway World Cup to be held in USA next year,” said Grewal.
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