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    December 16th, 2011adminSports

    The RCGC Cup amateur golf championship, sixth leg of the Indian amateur tour calendar, will tee off here on Tuesday. The four-day championship will be played over par-72, Royal Calcutta Golf Club. The meet is being organised by the Indian Golf Union.

    No. 1 in India, S. Chikkarangappa, will lead a strong field of about 90 golfers from all over the country. He will look to win back-to-back titles on the amateur circuit, while Chandigarh’s Abhijit Chadha is set to provide the challenge to the Bangalore-based golfer.

    Others who are likely to be in contention for the top honours are Khalin Joshi, Udayan Mane, local lad Raja Sardar, experienced Gagan Verma from Delhi and Vikram Rana.

    The first 26 amateur golfers of the country, as per the IGU’s merit list, qualify automatically for this tournament; around 60 players have made the grade through a qualifier held at the Beldih & Golmuri Golf Club, Jamshedpur, last week and four are nominees of the RCGC.

    The cut, for the RCGC Cup, will be applied after the first two days of play (36 holes) and the first 45 players will compete for top honours by playing another 36 holes. The tournament will be played in stroke play format

    http: www://www.thehindu.com / Sports> Other Sports / by Special Correspondent / Kolkata, December 13th, 2011

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    October 8th, 2011adminSports

    Singapore, Oct 2 (PTI) :

    Young Honey Baisoya and national champion Seenappa Chikkrangappa finished as the best Indians in the 46th place with a total of seven-over 295 at the end of the Asian Amateur Golf Championships here today.

    Baisoya carded 74 and Chikkra returned 73. The other Indians had a less than a happy day. Trishul Chinappa (74) ended tied 53rd at nine-over 297 and Angad Cheema, the only Indian to return a under-par card on any of the days, had a final round of 74. He finished at 10-over 298 and in 54th place.In the first, Cheema shot 71, the only time any of the six Indians had a sub-par round.

    Khalin Joshi and Abhijit Chadha carded 76 each, but Joshi was tied 58th at 11-over and Chadha ended 61st at 15-over.Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama successfully defended his Asian Amateur Championship with a superb final round of 67 for a total of 18-under at The Singapore Island Country Club.

    The 19-year-old defending champion, who won the title in Japan last year, was one shot clear of South Korea�s Lee Soo-min, who signed for the lowest score of the week after a birdie on the 18th hole secured a round of 64. The win means a return to the Masters Tournament in April for Matsuyama, where he made history last year by becoming the first Asian golfer to win the Silver Cup for low amateur.

    Matsuyama finished T-27 at last year’s Masters to record the third best finish ever by an international amateur. Overnight leader Ben Campbell stayed in touch with the winner after recovering from a difficult start to shoot 70 and finish in third place at 16-under thanks to late birdies on holes 16 and 17. Although Lee missed out on the title, he, as runner-up, will join Matsuyama in International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship 2012.The fourth Asian Amateur Championship will be staged at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, southeast of Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, from November 1�4 next year

    source: http://www.ibnlive.in.com/ PTI / September 28th, 2011

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    The President of the Indian Golf Union, Rohit Amit, hailed Indian team’s performance. “This performance of the Indian team shows how Indian golf has progressed in recent times. They won a silver medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou and then the Asian Junior gold and now the bronze at the prestigious Nomura Cup.

    “The Indian team has been going great guns and we have a fine bunch of young players, who will bring more laurels to the country. Individual performances of players like Khalin Joshi, third at Nomura Cup, besides Abhijit Chadha, winner of Faldo Series Asia Grand Final and Chikkarangappa shows Indian golf is in a very good health

    ” The High Performance coach of the Indian Golf Union, Alan Singh, said, “The Indian boys were superb and they did well on each of the four days and sometimes under very tough conditions. Their combination was excellent and this should be great for Indian golf.”

    Final Team standings (after four rounds): 1. Australia 207 + 212 + 220 + 201 = 840 2. New Zealand 211 + 224 + 217 + 209 = 861 3. India 208 + 226 + 220 + 211 = 865 4. Korea 218 + 213 + 232 +207 = 870 5. Japan 215 + 233 + 233 + 206 = 887 Indian golfers’ final Individual scores: Khalin Joshi 285 (-3) T-3 Chikkarangappa 291 (+3) T-7 Abhijit Chadha 294 (+6) T-12 Angad Cheema 300 (+12) T-25.

    source: http://www.ibnlive.in.com/ PTI / August 19th, 2011


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