When Chandigarh golfer Pukhraj Gill played in the East India Amateur Golf Championship last week, 16-year-old made a fine start in the tournament. Gill made it to the 32 golfers, who played in the match play format. With wins over Jaibir and Aman Raj, Gill made it to the quarter-finals of the event before eventually losing to BR Raja.
As Gill tees off in the 113th Tata Steel Amateur Golf Championship Bombay Presidency Golf Club on Tuesday, talented golfer will hope to improve upon his last week's performance.
“It's bit difficult to adjust in the stroke play and match play format. But I am happy with my performance in East India Golf Championship. These tournaments require a different strategy in the match play format and one has to play according to the opponent. The conditions here in Mumbai are good and the course is playing well. I would aim to return with a good score on the first two days to be in a easy draw for the match play format,” shared Gill, a student of Ryan International School.
The 113th edition of the event, which begins from Dec 10 and concludes on Dec 15 will witness team and individual contests as the tournament opens with an international stroke-play competition on the first two days which will also act as qualifying cum seeding exercise. Apart from the capped players, close to 60 individual entries have been received for the qualifying rounds. The international team event which will see competition from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and hosts India will be followed by 32 qualifiers battling it out on match-play format over the next four days with the two finalists competing for the title over a 36-hole contest on Sunday later this week. On the competition front, the hosts boast of a strong contingent and clearly stand out as the hot favourites. Udayan mane who is fresh from the victory in Tata Steel Jharkhan Amateur where he won with a record score of 21-under par, Manu Gandas and Viraj Madappa who helped the Indian team annex the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship last week and Karan Taunk make a strong combination. Sri Lanka which has always fielded a strong team in the earlier editions will be the team to watch out for. Nepal consists of young turks in Bikash Bogati and Dinesh Prajapati a product of the Surya Nepal Junior golf