RAHUL AJAY TAKES THE LEAD ON DAY 1 IIFL WEALTH GOLF INVITATIONAL FALDO SERIES, INDIA FINAL
Hyderabad Golf Course’s Rahul Ajay, closed his day with the lowest score on the course with 1 Under 71.
Bangalore: Hyderabad Golf Course’s Rahul Ajay closed his day with an impressive 1 under 71 at the Karnataka Golf Course today at the IIFL Wealth Golf Invitational Faldo Series, India final. Playing in the U-18, Boys, Category, Rahul had a great day on the course, starting with a Birdie on the first hole and following it with Birdies on the fifth, eight and fourteenth hole. Rahul who earned his slot at the finals through the Regional Qualifiers of the IIFL Wealth Golf Invitational Faldo Series at his home club in Hyderabad in early December was back on the course post a two year break due to injury was excited to get the lowest score on the day, sharing, “This is my first time playing the Faldo series, I couldn’t play it the past few years cause I was injured, today was a great day for me. I’m excited to get the lowest score of the day today! In 2018, I plan on going for college golf this year after I’m done with my board exams. My dad introduced me to golf, and once I started playing I got hooked onto it. I couldn’t play much for the last two years owing to injury, and I had to put in a lot of effort to get back. It’s nice to be back on course with a lot of my friends who are all playing alongside me at this tournament.”
Surya Kumar also ended his day respectably with 2 over 73, playing an impressive front 9 of one under 35 to take the lead in the U-21 Boys category, while, Tushar Pannu closed his day with 3 Over 75 to take the lead in the U-16 Boys Category.
Amongst the Girls, Noida Golf Course’s Anika Varma in the U-16 Girls Category was the lowest scoring girl on the day, closing her day with an impressive, 4 over 76. Anika who finished top IGU Merit List, Girls – A Category in 2017 was quick to complement and accept the challenges of the course, saying, “The course is number one, I shot 4 today. I was playing well, I kept missing short putts as the greens are very tricky and tough. You just end up making mistakes, but I was happy today.” Anika is hoping to keep her lead in the U-16 Girls Category also shared, “I would obviously be happy to play in Asia, I will learn a lot, and the tournament is a very big deal. Even if I don’t do well, it’ll be good exposure for me.”
Tanirika who ended her day with 6 Over 78, currently leads the U-21 Girl Category and looks like a clear favourite with a four shot difference with her closest competitor, Sifat Ulag who ended her day at 10 over 72, 82.
Leaderboard: Day 1 IIFL Wealth Golf Invitational Faldo Series, India final
|73||1||Surya Kumar K (IND)|
|78||6||Dhruv Suri (IND)|
|78||6||Prakhar Asawa (IND)|
|78||6||Tanirika Singh (IND)|
|82||10||Sifat Alag (IND)|
|85||13||Ishwari Prasanna (IND)|
|71||-1||Rahul Ajay (IND)|
|73||1||Sunhit Bishnoi (IND)|
|74||2||Kartik Sharma (IND)|
|75||3||Tushar Pannu (IND)|
|76||4||Harshjeet Singh Sethie (IND)|
|76||4||Sandeep Yadav (IND)|
|76||4||Anika Varma (IND)|
|77||5||Rhea P Saravanan (IND)|
|77||5||Asmita Satish (IND)|