Winners: Boys: Nihaal Cheema (U-7), Divjot Singh (U-7), Jot Sarup (U-8) and Adit Veeramachaneni (U-9). Pic: US Kids Golf India
Gurugram, Haryana, Nov 5: Adit Veeramachaneni of Bengaluru landed three eagles in a superb winning effort of 7-under 65 in third leg of the US Kids Golf India at the links style Golden Greens. Adit, winner of the first two legs of the India series, thus completed a treble in the U-9 category.
Veeramachaneni was one of the five players in the Boys section to complete a hat-trick of wins. Two other players in the Girls section also completed a similar feat of three wins in three starts.
Among the outstanding performances in the third leg was Nihaal Cheema in the Boys Under-6. He carded an incredible six birdies in his nine-hole competition for a 6-under 30 score.
Divjot Singh playing in Boys U-7 Category gave the US Kids Golf India Series a milestone moment by holing his second shot at the 275-yard Par-5 fifth hole for the Tour’s first-ever albatross in India. Divjot’s second shot from just over 100 yards disappeared into the hole sparking off a big celebration.
Divjot also avenged the defeat he had suffered earlier at the hands of Kabir Goyal, who finished second this time.
The excellent scores were indicative of the talent on view, as six winners and one second placed player shot under par scores and another two winners had even par rounds. It meant that the players with under par scores will have a chance to qualify for the US Kids Golf’s World Championships in the US and the European events.
The six winners shooting under par at the Golden Greens included Nihaal Cheema (Boys U-6), Divjot Gupta (Boys U-7), Adit Veeramachaneni (Boys U-9) and Armin Paul Singh (Boys U-12) among boys and Amaira Gulati (Girls U-8) and Shambhavi Chaturvedi (Girls 11-12). Arnav Kumar (Boys U-9), runner-up in U-9, also shot 1-under.
The players completing a treble were: Nihaal Cheema (Boys U-6), Jot Sarup Singh (Boys U-8), Adit Veeramachaneni (Boys U-9), Chaitanya Pandey (Boys U-11) and Manyaveer Bhadoo (Boys 15-18).
Among the girls, Lucknow’s Amaira Gulati (U-8) and Gurgaon’s Mahreen Bhatia (Girls 13-14) made it three in a row.
Rajesh Srivastava, President of the US Kids Golf India, said, “It was a sensational day. Adit (Veeramachaneni) from Bengaluru and Nihaal Cheema carded brilliant scores of 7-under and 6-under. There was also the first-ever albatross in US Kids Golf India when Divjot Singh holed his second shot on the Par-5 in the U-7 category. The birdies and eagles also signalled the rising standards as the youngsters aim for berths at the World and European Championships, ahead of the Indian Championship later this month.”
Amit Dube, the Tournament Director, a former pro and now a coach, added. “The standard shows that these youngsters are ready for big events and American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events. We look forward to a high level of play and more youngsters coming out in future.”
Fifty players teed up across the various age categories as they got ready for the Indian Championship, a three-day international event to be held from November 23-25, 2022. The Indian Championship, scheduled at the Classic Golf and Country Club, will have World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points.
Players shooting 72 and below in at least two Local Tour events will earn Level 11 status and will earn AJGA Performance Star.
The US Kids local Tour is the only tournament giving opportunity to Players to earn AJGA Stars. The youngsters are looking to accumulate Priority Level status for the US Kids Europe and World Championships and the AJGA stars, which helps them get into numerous international events.
Results: Category (Holes/ yardage)/ Winner (State)/ Score
Boys 6 Under (9/ 1345 yards): Nihaal Cheema (Chandigarh) 30 (-6)
Boys 7 (9/ 1595 yards): Divjot Gupta (Jalandhar) 34 (-2)
Boys 8 (18/ 1875 yards): Jot Sarup Gupta (Jalandhar) 38 (+2)
Boys 9 (18/ 3812 yards): Adit Veeramachaneni (Bangalore) 65 (-7)
Boys 10 (18/ 4287 yards): Rajveer Suri (Noida) 76 (+4)
Boys 11 (18/ 4915 yards): Chaitanya Pandey 72 (Ev)
Boys 12 (18/ 5645 yards): Armin Paul Singh (New Delhi) 70 (-2)
Boys 13-14 (18/ 6175 yards): Bhawesh Nirman (Noida) 72 (Ev)
Boys 15-18 (18/ 6896 yards): Manyaveer Bhadoo (Chandigarh) 82 (+10)
Girls 8 Under (9 holes/ 1385 yards): Amaira Gulati (Lucknow) 35 (-1)
Girls 9-10 (18 / 3812 yards): Naina Kapoor (Gurgaon) 82 (+10)
Girls 11-12 (18/ 4287 yards): Shambhavi Chaturvedi (Noida) 71 (-1)
Girls 13-14 (18/ 4915 yards): Mahreen Bhatia (Gurgaon) 75 (+3)
Girls 15-18 (18/ 5650 yards): Kirat Khanna (Delhi) 86 (+14)