Pranavi Urs, a 15-year-old golfer from Mysuru, successfully defended her Faldo Series India Championship title at Jaypee Greens Golf Resort, Greater Noida. Watched by Faldo Series Director Matthew Faldo, Urs posted a 54-hole aggregate of two-over 218, four strokes clear of second-placed Shaurya Bhattacharya, a winner in the Boys Under-16 category.
“India has already produced players who have won on the PGA Tour and European Tour and I know Sir Nick believes it won’t be long before the country is celebrating its first male and female Major champions. We hope the Faldo Series can continue to be an important stepping stone for India’s leading juniors on their way to the professional game,” Faldo said.
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The 3-round Faldo Series India Championship took place from January 9-12. All winners get to represent India at the 13th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final which will be held at Laguna Lăng Cô in Vietnam from March 20-22 and hosted by six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo himself.
Pranavi was understandably eager, “I’m excited to play the Asia Final again this year and hope to win this time and progress to the world final. Also, I am contemplating on joining the professional ranks since the Women’s Professional Golf Tour of India has recently dropped their age qualification to 16 years. Looking forward to taking my game to the next level.”
Faldo Series is played in 30 countries across six continents. In India, it is sanctioned by Indian Golf Union and open to the country’s top-ranked juniors. Winners are eligible for World Amateur Golf Ranking points. Faldo Series champions in the past include major winner Rory McIlroy. Indians have tasted success too: Arjun Prasad won the Asia Final in 2015, Abhijit Chadha in 2011 and two-time Asian Tour winner won in 2007 and 2009.
Read more in our February issue.