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Sayed Ahmad, Viraj Madappa, Harshjeet Sethi win on Toyota Etios Junior Golf Tour

The final day of the Toyota Etios Junior Golf Tour at the Ootacumund Golf Club, Ooty saw big winning margins in most category except in Category B of the boys event where Kelly Rao of Bangalore tied Delhi's Honey Baisoya after 72 holes. Rao sneaked home in a sudden death playoff to take first place. Amongst the girls, Vani Kapoor, Gurbani Singh and Sehar Atwal, all from Delhi, outclassed their competitors in each age category to easily take home the top prizes.

In Category A (16-18 yrs), Overnight leader Sayed Ahmad of KGA, Bangalore, returned with a card of one over par 73 to finish with a four day total of 3 over par 291 to win the title by a huge margin of ten strokes. "This week has been great for me. I hope to take this form to Coimbatore next week as well" said a smiling Sayed.


Gaganjeet Bhullar sneaks away with PGTI Players Championship

gaganjeet_bhullar.jpgGaganjeet Bhullar bagged his eighth career title with the help of a spectacular four under 66 in the final round of the PGTI Players Championship presented by Bombay Presidency Golf Club on Friday. Bhullar totaled seven under 273 to finish one stroke ahead of his nearest rivals Shamim Khan and Mohd. Siddikur Rahman.

Bhullar, who had almost slipped out of contention after dropping two triple bogeys on the front nine in round three, fashioned a remarkable recovery with a courageous performance over the last 27 holes. The Kapurthala lad first salvaged his third round with a six under score on the back nine on Thursday and then returned a spirited 66 in the final round on Friday to take home the trophy.


Tarundeep lifts Under 18 Toyota Etios Junior Golf Panchkula title, Sangwan continues to impress

The final day of the Toyota Etios Junior Golf Tour - Northern India at Panchkula Golf Club saw outstanding performances by Tarundeep Chadha, Abhishek Kuhar, Piyush Sangwan, Kshijit Naveed Kal & Astha Madan - These juniors, who won in their respective categories, battled it out in the sweltering Chandigarh heat and emerged winners after four days and 72 holes. The Panchkula golf course featured tree lined fairways and fast undulating greens that tested the competitors over this past week.

In Category A (16-18 yrs) local lad Tarundeep Chadha who started the day in third, returned a card of 5-over par 76 to finish on top with a four round total of 307. With Birdies on the 3rd & 15th and 9 pars on the final day, he ended the tournament with a 3 stroke lead over his nearest competitor. Following his victory, Tarundeep spoke about his performance, "The week had been tough with intense heat in Chandigarh. However my round has been decent today. My mindset this week was to just have fun and not think about winning. But Its great to win in my hometown - guess I had an advantage."

Rahul Ravi from KGA, Bangalore scored an 81 to slip to 2nd place.


Indian Golf on the Upswing

The rise of Indian golf mirrors the growing strength of the Asian Tour where like the region's established circuit, the nation is no longer regarded as the sleeping giant. From the likes of Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal to Gagan jeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri, India's fortunes has sparkled through numerous achievements victories across Asia.

jeev.jpgIndia holds the proud record of having produced the most number of Asian Tour Order of Merit champions, through Singh in 2006 and 2008, Atwal in 2003 and Jyoti Randhawa, the country's first Asian number one in 2002. In between those proud moments for Indian golf, others have launched their careers by securing the big ‘W' next to their names. Gaurav Ghei, Feroz Ali, Shiv Kapur, S.S.P. Chowrasia, C. Muniyappa and Bhullar have all added their names onto the Asian Tour's Roll of Honour with life-changing victories.

With new tournaments emerging on the Asian Tour Schedule including next week's US$2.1 million Avantha Masters, the future looks bright for India.


Chinnaswamy Muniyappa wins Hero Honda Indian Open

c_muniyappa.jpgGolf tournaments in India tend to have a touch of a feel-good factor more often than not, thanks to the number of caddy-turned-pros that are produced through the national tours and go on to make a name (and a decent living) for themselves. The 2009 Indian Open had a dash of it, too, after Chinnaswamy Muniyappa's playoff victory at the DLF Golf and Country Club saw him pocket nearly $200,000. A massive pay-day for the guy who as a kid would be thrilled after earning Re 1 caddying for the members at the KGA golf course in Bangalore.

What is undoubtedly remarkable is the manner in which Muniyappa handled the pressure. Not only is he just in his debut season on the Asian Tour, Muniya


Jyoti wins in Thailand

Jyoti Randhawa picked up his first win of the year at the Singha Thailand Open. Coming into the final round tied for the lead with compatriot SSP Chowrasia and Wales' Rhys Davies, Randhawa carded a flawless round of 5-under par 65 to win by a two shot margin. Chowrasia could only finish tied for fourth, but would be glad to have shown signs that he is returning to his best after a wrist injury ruined most of his previous season after the Indian Masters. Gaganjeet Bhullar, who held the lead after the opening round, finished seven shots off the pace.

This win was an important one for Randhawa considering his last Asian Tour triumph came back in 2007 at the Indian Open. The winner's cheque of US$79,250 catapulted Randhawa to second on the Order of Merit, where Anthony Kang of the USA holds a lead with over a


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