Akshay Bhatia T-42 on his Web.Com debut
17-year-old World No.1 Junior golfer Akshay Bhatia entered the Monday qualifiers for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship, an inaugural event on the Web.com Tour to play only in his second professional tournament, where he successfully sailed past the cut-line to finish T-42 with successive rounds of 73, 70, 74 & 70 at 1-under 287. Previously, he made into the news for receiving a sponsor exemption for the Valspar Championship(Mar 21-24), where he was unable to make the cut after falling short by two strokes with a score of +4 over two days.
The Walker Cup hopeful has previously stated on record his desire to forego college and turn professional upon turning 18.
Sahish Reddy wins Drive, Chip and Putt at Augusta
Making his second consecutive appearance at the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, 10-year-old Georgia native Sahish Reddy came prepared and ready to capitalise on his experience from a year ago. After a second place finish in the drive discipline, a solid score in the chip discipline kept him in contention.
On Augusta National’s 18th green, Reddy calmly holed a 30-foot putt to carry him to a one-point victory over Patmon Malcolm in the under Boys 10-11 age category. When asked about his favourite moment, Reddy said, “Probably making the first 30-foot putt. I am always going to remember that. I worked hard to come here and just putting on that green is such an accomplishment, so I feel great.”
The tournament saw participation from over 6000 junior girls and boys in 290 local qualifiers at courses across all 50 states and finally, the 80 qualifiers made the trip to Augusta National for the 2019 Drive Chip and Putt competition. Registrations for the 2020 competition are open and extended to 313 local sites as the local qualifiers starting May 4.