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Amandeep in sole lead after Round 2 of 10th leg at BGC

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Bengaluru:  Amandeep Drall managed to stay on top despite a hat-trick of bogeys right at the end in the second round of the 10th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the historic Par-70 Bangalore Golf Club (BGC). Amandeep, who is still searching for her first win this season, had just one birdie in her round of five-over 75 on a windy day when there were no under-par scores.

Overnight co-leader from the first day, Gursimar Badwal had four bogeys and one birdie in the last five holes for a 77, a day after shooting 67. She dropped to second and two behind Amandeep.

Amandeep had a double bogey on par-4 second, but a birdie on par-4 sixth neutralised that. On the back nine, made tougher by the windy conditions, Amandeep bogeyed 11th and three more in a row from 16th to 18th. Her best this season has been second at both the second and third legs and she has been at least tied-third on four other occasions.

Gursimar had bogeys on second, fourth, sixth and then 10th. In the last five holes, she bogeyed, 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th and in between got her sole birdie of the day on the par-4 16th.

The day’s most intriguing card was from the new pro, Gurjot Badwal, the younger sister of Gursimar. Gurjot, who shot 72 on first day, was on fire on the front nine with four birdies and no bogeys for a four-under 31. However, the back nine saw a complete transformation. On the back stretch she birdied the par-4 14th, but bogeyed every other hole for eight bogeys and seven-over 42 for the half. Her 73 was still a good score and she was tied-third with Ridhima Dilawari (74) and Ananya Datar (77).

Shriya Vivek, who recently turned professional in May, recorded the day’s best card of 1-over 71. With two birdies and a double in the first half, she turned in at level par. In the second half, her only blemish was a bogey on the par- 3 13th while she parred the rest.

On Sunday, sisters Gursimar and Gurjot will be playing together in the final group with leader Amandeep Drall.

Ridhima, the only player to win three times this year, had a bogey start but birdied second and fourth to turn in one-under 34. On the back nine, she bogeyed 10th and 11th; double bogeyed the Par-3 13th while her only birdie came on the par-4 15th. She also doubled bogeyed the par-4 18th for a 74.

Gaurika Bishnoi (74) and Sonam Chugh (75) were tied-sixth, Afshan Fatima (74) and Neha Tripathi (76) were Tied-eighth and Siddhi Kapoor (77) completed the Top-10.

Amateur Pranavi Urs who shot 78 in the first round withdrew in the second on medical grounds.

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Delhi Golf Club & Jindal Stainless Foundation team up to make golf accessible for all

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New Delhi: Delhi Golf Club (DGC) on Monday  announced its association with the Jindal Stainless Foundation (JSF) to facilitate mainstreaming and adoption of Golf. The JSF grant will be used for two-pronged support. The first initiative aims at providing golf training to caddies’ children, staff, and other sportspersons, who are striving to upskill themselves, to promote golf as an attractive and a remunerative sport. The other initiative will focus on upgradation and maintenance of green complexes at DGC.sports news headlines

Commenting on the development, Chairperson, JSF, Deepika Jindal said, “Golf is a growing sport in India; however, accessibility to this sport remains a challenge for aspiring golfers. There is tremendous interest for this game among youth. With this initiative, we want to enable talented and aspiring players. Such opportunities will help bring down the entry barrier to this sport, which currently is a detrimental factor for golf’s growth in the country.”

Collaboration and support from organisations like JSF will help materialise DGC’s plan for upgrading its infrastructure.

Sharing his view on this partnership, President, DGC, retired Maj R S Bedi said, “The new greens and the surrounding complexes will make DGC as one of the best golf courses in the country. The new model of the golf course will present more challenging playing conditions and will be a nurturing ground for budding golfers across all sections of the society. I am confident that DGC will now be able to bring up a new crop of talented future professionals.”

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Rory Hie triumphs at inaugural Classic Golf & Country Club Championship

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Rory Hie celebrates after his victory.

Gurugram: Indonesia’s Rory Hie made it a start-to-finish effort at the inaugural $300,000 Classic Golf & Country Club International Championship 2019, winning his maiden professional title by a two shot margin from the field.

However there was much to cheer for the Indians as a bunch of young stars finished in prominent positions with four of them featuring in the Top-eight.

As Hie shot 68 to finish at 21-under, Rashid Khan, in the hunt till he mishit the 15th tee shot, carded 69 to reach 19-under and tie for second alongside Korean Byungjun Kim (67).

Rashid’s bogey on 15th, coupled with Hie’s birdie on the same hole ended the Indian’s chances as the Indonesian playing in India for the seventh year in a row, made no mistakes and parred the last three holes.

“It was always my dream to walk up the 18th green with a two-shot lead and that’s what happened,” said Hie who won his first pro title since joining the paid ranks in 2008. He was once ranked No. 6 amateur in the world.

India’s newly minted pro, Aadil Bedi (66) in only his seventh Asian Tour start, logged his career-high fourth place at 18-under.current sports news

Aman Raj (66) equaled his career-best and Abhijit Chadha (71) achieved a new personal best on Asian Tour. Both were Tied-fifth at 16-under.

There were further celebrations in store for India at this Jack Nicklaus-designed course with India putting on another six players inside top-20 for a total of 10 among the top-20.

Veer Ahlawat (66) and Karan Pratap Singh (67) were Tied-13th at 12-under and another four Kshitij Naveed Kaul (67), Karandeep Kochhar (68), Shivendra Singh Sisodia (68) and Viraj Madappa (69) were tied-17th at 11-under.

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Hie maintains slender lead at Classic Golf & Country Club Championship

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Rory Hie in action on Saturday.

Gurugram: A birdie on the final hole, though this time it was on the 18th, for the second day running helped the tenacious Indonesian Rory Hie stay ahead of the field at the $300,000 Classic Golf & Country Club International Championship 2019 on Saturday.

Though it was Hie who held the lead for the third straight day, the upper half of the leaderboard still continued to be crowded by Indians.

Rashid Khan, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, handed in a 6-under par card of 66 on Saturday for a three-day aggregate of 200 (68-66-66). He was one shot behind Hie, whose 199 had rounds of 64, 68 and 67.

Completing the top five were Chandigarh golfers Abhijit Chadha, placed third on 15-under 201 (68-65-68) and Asian Tour rookie Aadil Bedi in fifth along with Thailand’s Kosuke Hamamoto on 12-under 204.

Between them in sole fourth place is Byungjun Kim of South Korea on 14-under 202.

It was the third straight day in the pole position for the 31-year-old Hie and it leaves him well-placed to push for a breakthrough win on the Asian Tour, though he will have to contend with the resurgent Rashid, who has a PGTI win here six years ago, though he missed the cut at another domestic event in February this year.

Hie said, “I just played golf, I didn’t think about my golf swing, everything was pretty positive, I was looking at where I wanted to place the ball. I always had a positive attitude towards every putt, it doesn’t matter if it’s a par putt or birdie putt. Right now I’m just really happy with the kind of golf I have been playing.”

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