May 5, 2009 10:58:08 pm
The hot winds of the day had turned into showery gusts by the evening,the drastic change in weather perhaps apt on the eve of the amateur seasons start.
The LG Haryana Open Amateur will play out at the Golden Greens golf club from May 5 to 8 to begin the 2009 amateur circuit and the tournament will see all the regular names trying to get into the new year on a high note.
Rashid Khan,on the swing up after his top show at the professional tournament in Jaipur,where he finished third,is back to defend his title. The Delhi youngster will also hope to begin the season as brightly as he ended the last one.
Rashid,who also went to China and came back with the Faldo Series Asia trophy in the interim between the two seasons,is in hot form and will be the player to beat this week.
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But there is also Abhishek Jha. The Bangalore boy had lost out to Rashid by 10 points on the Order of Merit list the last time around,with Rashid winning a remarkable four events in the season and Jha just a notch back from his rival,with three.
This weeks field includes Chandigarhs Rahul Bakshi,winner of the All-India in 2008,who has been away in the US for his higher studies and so had to fight his way into the main draw through the qualifying round on Monday.
Former India Davis Cup player Vishal Uppal made his debut on the amateur circuit,as part of the qualifying round,which saw more than 100 players compete. But Uppals week was cut short as he failed to make it to the main draw. I am pretty serious about my game and hopefully the next time I compete,I will make it into the main draw, he said.
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