Bengaluru, September 21, 2018: Bengaluru golfers continued their dominance of the 10thSara Futura Karnataka Golf Festival (KGF), grabbing nine of the 10 winners spots after two days of competitive and exciting golf at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) course, as South India’s largest amateur golf championship braced itself for a star-studded weekend. Besides professional women golfers Neha Tripathi and Anisha Padukone, who would be conducting golf clinics for beginners, present and former India cricketers like Karun Nair, Ajit Agarkar and Subramaniam Badrinath among others are also scheduled to tee off at the KGA over the weekend.
Friday’s winners across the five handicap categories were Manish Jaiswal in the 21-24 category with 39 points, Suresh Raj (16-20, 34 pts), Ajhoy Sharma (11-15, 34 pts), Dayamay Tiwari (6-10, 40 points) and Raunil Kukar (0-5, 38 pts), all hailing from the city. On the opening day on Thursday, one out of the five winners was from Hyderabad. Over 500 golfers, including more than 100 outstation golfers from 16 cities and towns of India, are in action at the 10thSara Futura KGF.
The tournament is also serving as the Official Qualifiers for the World Amateur Golfers Championship (WAGC), the world’s largest amateur championship, scheduled in Johor, Malaysia, in end October. The five best scores from each of the handicap categories over four days will make it to Malaysia to represent India, where teams from more than 35 countries are expected to participate.
Asiad Golfers Hog Limelight
Promising young golfers, 17-year old Kshitij Naved Kaul and 24-year old Harimohan Singh, members of the India’s golf squad at the recently concluded Asian Games in Indonesia, hogged all the limelight on day two of the 10thSara Futura KGF. After their respective rounds, they were also felicitated with mementos by the KGA hon. Secretary, Mr. M.G. Bhat.
Among the stars in action over the weekend, while Karun Nair, Ajit Agarkar and sports commentator Charu Sharma are registered to tee-off on Saturday, Badrinath, Venkatapathy Raju, Akul Balaji and Sujith Somasundar will be playing their rounds on Sunday. Neha and Anisha will also be at the KGA on Saturday. Former sprint queen, Ashwini Nachappa was among those who played on the opening day.
10thSara Futura KGF: Other prizes won by golfers on day two
Closest to Pin Contest (Hole # 8)
– Anitha Shreeseman won the contest landing the ball just four feet 10 inchesfrom the hole
Straightest Drive (Hole # 17)
– Mohit Gupta drove his shot right on the line to win this contest
Longest Drive (Hole# 9)
– Shriram Vijaykumar’s monstrous 275 yards drive won him the Longest Drive contest
Overall Best Gross
– Ronald Kukar won the best overall Gross score of even par 72