Bengaluru: With the focus on promoting junior golf in India in a well-structured format, US Kids Golf India Tour, after rousing success in the first two tournaments of the 2018-19 season at the Classic Golf and Country Club in Delhi-NCR and Tollygunge Club in Kolkata, moved to the Eagleton Golf Resort, Bengaluru.
Renowned professional golfer Chikkarangappa S, who was present to encourage the children, lauded the effort to take golf to the grassroots. “This is a great opportunity for the kids. I thank the parents for taking out their kids to the golf course. With such well-organized format tournament, golf in India is definitely going to grow.” he said.
Chikkarangappa also interacted with the kids for more than half an hour and answered all the queries that came from kids. He shared his experience and encouraged the kids to play golf.
The competition at the par-70 course, steeped in history, will be cherished for long by aficionados as the quality of golf churned out by the juniors proved that the country indeed has a bright future in the sport.
On a bright winter morning, Eagleton, listed in the Rolex top 1000 golf courses of the World, saw enthusiastic participants from all over the country battle it out for top honours.
Despite the difficulty level at the par 72 course, some excellent scores from youngsters were witnessed. All eyes were fixed on two young girls (eight years) Jeeva Ashok of Newcastle, UK, and Rhea Kumar of New Delhi who fought it out for top honours in their category. Eventually, they tied for the first position with 42 strokes each. Saanvi, Tanishka and Aaradhya, all from Bengaluru, took the first three positions in girls aged 10 category.
Even after winning her category, a not-so-satisfied 9-year-old Saanvi thought she could have played better and hoped to improve her scores in the next match. Garv Lakhmani from Kolkata, who wants to play for India one day, topped the table in his category (boys 13-14 years) with a score of 76 while local lad Soham Agarwal made his city proud with a close second in the same category. With dreams of playing the PGA Tour one day, Kaushal Bagrodia of Kolkata displayed an error-free game to top the table in the senior-most (15-18 years) category.
Rajesh Srivastava, President, U.S. Kids Golf India said, “U.S. Golf Kids India has been formed with the real cause of promoting junior golf in the country. It was amazing to see the talent on display today and we couldn’t have been happier with the way that the U.S. Golf Kids India Tour has kicked off.”
The U.S. Kids Golf India Tour 2018-19 edition will be played across various age groups for boys, starting from age 6 & under till 18, as well as girls, from age 7 & under till 18. (MR).