The last day of January saw the last tournament of the U.S. Kids Golf India happen at the Classic Golf and Country Club, Gurugram. A total of 96 young golfers teed-off for earning a chance to qualify for U.S. Kids World Championship, European Championship and Teen World Championship.
Ramayush Ray of Kolkata and Jai Bahl of Delhi had the last fight, where, the former finally won with a brilliant putt. Anshul Kabthiyal came in 3rd with 4-over in the same category, in the Boys 13-14 years category.
Kaushal Bagrodia and Joysurjo Dey, both from Kolkata grabbed the first two spots in the 15-18 Boys category with scores of 76 and 77 respectively. Good scores were also recorded by boys of all age groups. Arshvant Srivastava continued with his good stroke play to grab the second spot in Boys-9 category with a score of 79. Displaying all-round discipline, Kanav Chauhan topped the same category with a score of 75. Jujjhar Singh played some good golf in the wonderful yet challenging Jack Nicklaus designed Classic Golf & Country Club to win the Boys-12 with an even par score.
Girls make a mark
Ragini Navet was the top scorer of Category 12 -14 Girls with 6 over while Serena Vikram Singh of Category 15-18 topped her category with 7 over. Zara Anand of Category 10-11 girls topped her group with a score of 3 over.
U.S. Kids Golf India also announced the staging of the U.S. Kids Indian Junior Masters and U.S. Kids Asian Junior Masters from the next season onwards in the country, in an attempt to grow the game of golf in India and promoting junior golf.
Rajesh Srivastava, President, U.S. Kids Golf India said, “US Kids Golf India Tour has got unprecedented response from kids, parents and golf community of India and has exceeded our expectations. We are excited to announce that U.S. Kids Golf India will hold two new annual events from the next season, the U.S. Kids Indian Junior Masters and U.S. Kids Asian Junior Masters, apart from the local tour. We are committed to make the new season bigger, better and grander.”
Romit Bose, Tournament Director, U.S. Kids Golf India said, “With this tournament we have got 13 junior world champions. The way the tournament has been conducted is world-class. Having conducted this successful tour we will aim for higher goals and produce many more world champion golfers.”
Anshuman Gaekwad and Rajkumar Sharma, who were present at the Super Finals, may not be directly linked to golf but having observed cricket at the highest level, they had lot of inputs for the young golfers. Former India opener and cricket coach Gaekwad shared his experiences from being a part of the India dressing room and what it takes to succeed at the highest level.