Excellent cards, great grit set up tense battles for final day at US Kids Golf Indian Championship - Gurugram News
by IANS | Updated Nov 24, 2022
As many as eight leaders or co-leaders were chased by rivals, who were two shots or less behind the front runners while in Girls 9-10 Category Rabab Kahlon and Aanya Dandriyal were tied for the lead after two days.
One of the most engaging battles saw Prince Bainsla (68-71) and Kartik Singh (71-69) in a close tussle in Boys 12 section. Bainsla and Kartik indulged in a birdie fest. Bainsla, whose first round 68 has been the best 18-hole score in relation to par so far, added a 71 with four birdies against three bogeys. Kartik had five birdies and dropped only two bogeys in his 69.
Two more great contests were developing in the Boys 9 Category and in Boys 11. In Boys 9, Adit Veeramachaneni shot a 75 after a first round 73 and headed the field as Arnav Kumar (75-75) was second with Siddhant Sharma (76-75) a close third. The first day leader Sohraab Singh Talwar (70-82) slipped to fourth.
Another great battle was developing in the Boys 11 section. Chaitanya Pandey (75-72) moved ahead of overnight co-leader Keiran Gouri (75-73) while Arihan Beri (77-74) moved into the fray with a solid second round of 74. Pandey had a steady round with one birdie and one bogey, while Gouri had four birdies against five bogeys. Beri, who was four-over after 11 holes, recovered well for a 2-over card to get to third place.
There was also some gritty play in the youngest category for girls, Girls 8 and Under besides some excellent scoring in Boys 7 and Under. Both sections were held over nine holes at the Canyon Course.
After three bogeys in the first seven holes, Amaira Gulati closed birdie-birdie for a 38 to take a 7-shot lead over Vihana Patel (40-40) in Girls 7 and under.
Kabir Goyal (33-33) shot a second straight 3-under 33 in the Boys 7 and Under section to lead by 15 shots over Divjot Gupta (41-40). After a bogey free first day, Kabir had five birdies and two bogeys on the second day.
After five bogeys in the first six holes in the Girls 15-18 section, Lavanya Gupta (75-73) holed out for an eagle from more than 90 yards on the Par-4 seventh hole at the Classic Golf and Country Club. Her recovery included an eagle-birdie-birdie run on seventh, eighth and ninth and a birdie on 14th but she dropped a shot on 15th. She leads Malaysia's Kathiyayani Gunasegar (75-79) by six and Panchkula's Jiah Kang (80-74) was also tied second.