23-year-old wins her second title:Women’s Pro Golf Championship


Earlier this year, 23-year-old Chandimandir Cantonment golfer Amandeep Drall had to miss three tournaments in the Women’s Professional Golf Tour (WPGT) due to playing in the European Tour events. Skipping the events also meant that the golfer suffered in the Order of Merit. But Friday saw the youngster win her second title of the year in the form of the Hero KGA Women’s Pro Golf Championship in BengaluruDrall won the title with a margin of 11 shots and led the tournament in all the three rounds to return with an overall score of three-under 213. “It’s a nice feeling to win my second title of the year. The course was playing tough and the greens were far. I was struggling with my putting earlier but some fine putting this week saw me lead in all the three rounds. The 11-shot win will boost my confidence a lot ahead of Prestige Golfshire leg which I won last year,” said Drall, who had turned professional last year.Drall won two titles at Prestige Golfshire, Bengaluru, and Clover Greens, Bengaluru, in the WPGT tour in her first year of turning professional and finished at the second spot in the Order of Merit last year with an earning of Rs 13,59,935. This year has seen Drall win the title during the Oxford Club Pune leg apart from claiming four top-three positions. This has also meant that the golfer has now moved to the fourth spot with an earning of Rs 6,33,534 in the Order of Merit. The youngster is among the birdie leaders on the tour with a total of 64 birdies with 13 birdies coming during this week’s event.“I played in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year and it also made me realise the conditions there. The greens were tricky and windy but I have to learn. Last year’s second spot finish in the final standings gave me exemption to play in those tournaments and I will be playing in Thailand and China later this year. Doing well in the Indian Open later this year will also be one of the challenges for me. I have been working hard on my putting along with the swing and I am sure it will come in handy,” said Drall, whose father Col Pargat Singh made her start golf.Chandigarh lad Aadil Bedi finished at the second spot in the World Stars of Golf event organised by International Junior Golf Academy in Las Vegas. Fifteen-year-old Bedi had a six-shot lead going into the final round but shot a final round score of 74 which saw Macro Trstenjak of Canada win the title. “It was a tough course and the conditions were challenging. I was little nervous today but I am happy with the second place finish. I have been working with my swing coach Jesse Grewal to adjust to conditions in the USA and also spent some time with Dr Bob Byman, a former PGA tour player. I will not play in the Optimist International Junior Championship in USA,” said Bedi speaking over the phone from the USA.

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