Prince rules with 4-under 68 as 7 players in different categories shoot under par on Day 1 of US Kids Golf Indian Championship
Khel Today Bureau
Gurugram: Prince Bainsla, who has won just one of the four domestic events played so far on the US Kids Golf India Tour this season, came good on the first day of the second Indian Championship. Bainsla shot 4-under 68 on a rather windy day at the Classic Golf and Country Club.
Bainsla was five-under through 15 holes, but then dropped a shot each on the 16th and 18th, but in between picked a birdie on 17th.
The three-day Indian Championship of the US Kids Golf India, which will give the players a chance to earn World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points and also open a passage to the World Championship at Pinehurst and the European Championship in Scotland. Players have to shoot at least two rounds of par or under to be eligible for the World and European Championship.
More than 100 golfers from eight countries are taking part in the three-day event.
Bainsla, a wiry but hugely talented youngster, who is supported by the US Kids Golf India, led the Boys 12 Category by three shots as his nearest rival Kartik Singh shot 1-under 71. It was the only section that saw both the first and second placed golfers score under par scores despite tough scoring conditions.
In all seven players in six categories shot under par scores.
Amaira Gulati of Lucknow had a fine day with a 1-under 35 in the Girls 8 and under, while Kriti Parekh, who had come all the way from Tamil Nadu carded 2-under 70 in Girls 11-12 and she led Singapore’s Aamiya Koul by five shots.
Apart from the two girls, Amaira and Kriti, five boys scored under par. While Bainsla led the show with 4-under 68 in Boys 12 category, Kabir Goyal stood out with 3-under 33 without any bogeys in Boys 7 and under. Kabir, winner of all two domestic events in Boys 7 and under, led by seven shots over the in-form Nihal Cheema, winner of all four events in Boys 6 and under, who is however playing in a higher age category at the Indian Championship.
In the Boys 9 category, Sohrab Singh Talwar opened a 3-shot lead over Adit Veeramachaneni of Bangalore, winner of four domestic events and whose best score this season has been 7-under 65 at Golden Greens.
Jai Gupta of Chandigarh was another youngster to impress as he carded 2-under 70 to lead by three over Bhavesh Nirwan (73) in Boys 13-14 category.
Leaders after Round 1 of US Kids Golf Indian Championship:
Category (Holes/ yardage)/ Leader (State)/ Score
Girls 8 & Under (9 holes/ 1495 yards): Amaira Gulati (Lucknow) 35 (-1); Vihana Patel (Guj) 40 (+4)
Girls 9-10 (18 / 3995 yards): Aanya Dandriyal (UP) 80 (+8); Dalisha Chetry (Delhi) and Rabab Kahlon (Mohali) 85 (+13)
Girls 11-12 (18/ 4585 yards): Kriti Parekh (TN) 70 (-2); Aamiya Koul (Singapore) 75 (+3)
Girls 13-14 (18/ 5665 yards): Mahreen Bhatia (Ggn) 80 (+8), Aiysha Dutt (Ggn) 80 (+8)
Girls 15-18 (18/ 5665 yards): Kaathiyayani Gunasegar (Malaysia) 75 (+3); Lavanya Gupta (Delhi) 75 (+3)
Boys 7 & Under (9/ 1755 yards): Kabir Goyal (Noida) 33 (-3); Nihal Cheema (Chd) 40 (+4)
Boys 8 (18/ 2010 yards): Jot Sarup Gupta (Jalandhar) 46 (+10); Arihant Joshi (Hyd) 60 (+24);
Boys 9 (18/ 3995 yards): Sohrab Singh Talwar (Mohali) 70 (-2); Adit Veeramachaneni (Bangalore) 73 (+1)
Boys 10 (18/ 4585 yards): Aditya Misra (Delhi) 81 (+9); Raajveer Suri (UP) 81 (+9)
Boys 11 (18/ 5193 yards): Sidhaan Chibber (UAE) 74 (+2); Chaitanya Pandey (Delhi) 75 (+3) and Keiran Gouri (Canada) 75 (+3)
Boys 12 (18/ 5665 yards): Prince Bainsla (Haryana) 68 (-4); Kartik Singh (Gurgaon) 71 (-1)
Boys 13-14 (18/ 6386 yards): Jai Gupta (Chd) 70 (-2); Bhavesh Nirwan (UP) 73 (+1)
Boys 15-18 (18/ 6386 yards): Ishan Ahuja (Gurgaon) 73 (+1); Ram Singh Mann (Chd) 76 (+4).