32nd Annual Junior Training Programme Concludes at DGC
The fourth and final camp of this year’s Usha Junior Training Programme (JTP) for Golf 2018 concluded at Delhi Golf Club on June 22. Ayush Baisoya, Rakshit Dahiya, Vicky Kumar, Vikas Kumar, Janya Kathuria and Riya Chaudhary took home the maximum number of prizes across categories such as Putting, Chipping, Pitching, Bunker, Long Drive and Playing competitions.
In its 32nd edition, the JTP was divided into four 10-day camps commencing May 14, May 24, June 3 and June 13 respectively. Under the guidance of well-known Category-A coaches, Vikram Sethi, Nonita Lall Qureshi and Jasjit Singh, every participating child was trained on different aspects of the game. Children were segregated by their level of ability—Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced.
A daily session of two-hours covered different aspects of the game—Long Drive, Putting, Chipping, Bunker, and Pitching, as well as the basic rules and etiquettes of the game. Each camp concluded with a prize distribution ceremony where participants were awarded according to age and ability across all disciplines.
Delighted at the skillful performance of talented youngsters, Jasjit Singh (Class ‘A’ Professional from National Golf Academy of India & PGA of India; and former National Coach & High-Performance Manager, IGU) said, “ We witnessed amazing response from kids for the Usha Junior Training Programme 2018…
We have tremendous talent in India and need to take Golf to the grassroots level of the country. We hope to continue this wonderful journey to identify and train the future golfers of India.”
In an effort to inculcate a healthy lifestyle, the JTP trains over 200 youngsters on several aspects of the game and has—in the past—discovered and nurtured talents such as Rashid Khan, Ashok Kumar and Gauri Monga.
Indians Shine in Singapore JGC
Selator Golf Club played host to the Singapore Junior Golf Championship from June 10-12. 132 youngsters, including 12 Indians, participated across four categories, Boys A and B, and Girls A and B. Sunhit Bishnoi, brother of Indian pro golfer Gaurika Bishnoi, finished third among Boys Category A, having carded 2-under 140, while Eshika Arora finished fourth in Girls category A.
Hunar Mittal Impresses at Junior World Championships
India’s Hunar Mittal secured 16th place in the Girls 13-14 division at the Junior World Championships which concluded on July 13. Over three rounds, the 13-year-old carded a total of five-over 221 at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, California.
Founded in 1968, and conducted by the San Diego Junior Golf Association, the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships are held annually in San Diego, California, United States. They include tournaments for six age groups ranging from under-6 to 15–17, for both boys and girls.
Each age group plays at a separate course, ranging from a par-3 course for the youngest to Torrey Pines which is also the venue for the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour and the site of the 2008 U.S. Open—for the 15–17s.