Rishika Impresses At National Championships
12-year-old Rishika Muralidhar is having a great time on the Junior and Amateur Ladies Golf Tour, recording three victories, besides one runner-up finish, in her four appearances at the IGU National Championships
Rishika, who plays in category C of the IGU events, won the IGU Rotary Karnataka Ladies and Junior Girls Golf Championship at Eagleton Golf Resort in April with a commanding 16-shot lead over Nishna Patel.
The teenager then went on to win the IGU Maharashtra Ladies & Junior Girls Golf Championship by 15 strokes over Vidhatri Urs (at Oxford Golf Resort, Pune), before clinching the IGU Western India Ladies & Junior Girls Championship (at Kensville Golf Club, Ahmedabad) by a similar margin, against the same opponent, in May.
Rishika was unstoppable last year with 5 wins from 7 tournaments, including 4 consecutive wins in Delhi, Noida, Pune and Ahmedabad. One just has to wait and watch how this young girl fares in future.
8-Year Old Victorious In Scotland
Delhi-based Asara Sawhney won the U.S. Kids European Championship 2018 at Longniddry Golf Course in Scotland in the Girls 8 & Under category. The 8-year-old, whose home course is Delhi Golf Club, shot an impressive 116 (+8) over 27 holes before triumphing in a playoff against Anita Lumpongpoung (USA). Asara is coached by Nonita Lall Qureshi.
Arshvant Srivastava finished runner-up in the Boys 8 category while Zara Anand came third in the
Girls 9 category.
Conducted by the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation in a 9-hole format, the event was held between May 29-31.
Malini Keeps Her Performance At Par
Having spent 5 seasons on the varsity team, 17-year-old Malini Rudra has established herself as one of the top golfers in Nassau, New York. She staked her claim as the county’s best with a dominant win at the Nassau girl’s championship held at Bethpage State Park in New York in May.
Malini shot 2-over-144 over two days of the event and came within one stroke of tying the tournament record for best two-day score set by Jenny Rosenberg in 2017. She won the event with a jaw-dropping margin of 10-strokes over Emilie Guo.
The teenager has been on a roll for a while now, she finished 7th at the recently concluded NY State Championship — her fourth consecutive Top-10 finish — shooting 77 in the opening round and 76 in her final round.
Malini finished sixth in New York state as an eighth-grader, eighth as a freshman and seventh last season.
(Read more in the July issue of Golf Digest India. Download here.)