Last month,when Chandigarh golfer Vasundhara Thiara was playing in the North Zone IGU Sub-Junior Feeder Tour at Kapurthala,the golfer called her friends to enquire about the final result in the Chandigarh Ladies and Girls Golf Championship that was being played at the Chandigarh Golf Club at the same time. With the age limit in the Chandigarh tournament being over 11 years,Thiara,who is 10,had to miss the tournament and instead chose to play in Kapurthala. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise as Thiara won the championship in Kapurthala,meaning that the golfer had won her fifth tournament on the IGU Feeder Tour.
“When I was playing in Kapurthala,I enquired about the leader board in the Chandigarh tournament. Even though I knew I could not play in the Chandigarh tournament,I was eager to know what was happening there. I had to take medical help after suffering from food poisoning in Kapurthala,and hence my first day score was 14-over. But I returned with a score of two-over on the second day to win the title. The Kapurthala golf course is one of the toughest golf courses in the region and it felt good to win the title there. It was my fifth title win on the junior Feeder Tour and I am eager to win more tournaments,” shared Thiara,who won the title in Category D with an overall score of 14-over.
“It was a special win since I was playing despite being unwell. At one time,I even contemplated withdrawing fom the tournament but took some rest and continued playing,” added Thiara.
The past few months have been fruitful for Thiara as she won the Chandigarh State Championship,Albatross Junior golf tournament,apart from the five wins on the Feeder Tour. The Chandigarh golfer also won the title in the Chandigarh Golf Association Junior Golf Championship held at Forest hill Golf Club last month.
She is currently preparing for the three all-India Sub-Junior Tournaments to be held on the IGU Junior Feeder Tour. The tournaments will be played in Kolkata,Mumbai and Coimbatore starting later this month and Thiara has been spending time with her coaches Jesse Grewal and mental conditioning coach and former Indian golfer,Irina Brar. “The five victories on the Feeder Tour have lifted my confidence a lot and I am preparing for the all-India tournaments. I will have plenty of time to prepare for all the tournament as there is enough gap between those tournaments. It will give me the opportunity to focus on my game plan. I finished second in the IGU rankings last year but I want to claim the top spot this year,” shared Thiara,a student of Vivek High School.
This year has also seen Thiara playing in the qualifiers for the US Kids World Championship and she has now set her eyes on playing in Europe and USA next year apart from taking part in tournaments in South Asia. “I will be playing in the European Kids Championships to be held in Scotland next year and also the San Diego Junior Masters. Besides that,my parents are also planning to get me playing in some tournaments in South Asia,which will be a first for me. Most of the golf courses in South Asia are different from other golf courses and it will be challenge to play there” shared Thiara.
Gupta to lead charge
Meanwhile,Chandigarh golfer Harendra Gupta will lead the charge in the API PGTI Feeder Tour Championship to be held at the Palms Golf Club,Lucknow. The fifth and final event of the Professional Golf Tour of Indias (PGTI) 2013 Feeder Tour season will be held from October 15 to October 17 and the tournament carries a total prize purse of Rs. 6 lakh. The tournament will feature a field of 70 players and will be played over three rounds of 18 holes each with the cut being applied after 36 holes. The local challenge will be led by Lucknow-based professionals Rajesh Kumar Rawat,Sheeraz Kalra,Bhoop Singh,Jumman,Manoj Kumar,Amardeep Rawat and Eshanvir Singh.