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Delhi teenager upbeat about Nick Faldo Series

other Updated: Feb 16, 2010 01:55 IST
Shubhodeep Chakravarty
Shubhodeep Chakravarty
Hindustan Times
Delhi teenager upbeat about Nick Faldo Series

Delhi’s Shreya Ghei will be India’s sole girl representative at the Nick Faldo Asia Series in Mission Hills, China. Coached by former player Jesse Grewal, Shreya will be part of the India contingent, which also includes four boys. The under-21 tournament will get underway on March 10.

The 16-year-old was selected after she won the 42nd Northern India Amateur Open Golf Championship, held in the Capital in November, and the All India Ladies Amateur Championship, held in Ahmedabad earlier this month.

A student of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Shreya has represented the country in three international tournaments, including the Malaysian Amateur Golf Championship in May.

“It is a great honour to participate in a major tournament like the Asia Series. International exposure is helpful in any sport,” said Shreya, who has won the 2008 Sri Lanka Ladies Amateur Championship and stood sixth at the 2009 Jakarta World Junior Championship in June. In addition, she has had the opportunity to tee off at major courses like San Diego, Hua Hin in Thailand and Singapore.

Ranked third on the Ladies’ Order of Merit, Shreya said she would miss the home advantage in Mission Hills. “It is an advantage to play on a familiar course but I am looking forward to the challenge in China,” she said, and added that she considered herself the biggest rival.

“I have certain weak points in the game but I will try and iron out the flaws before the tournament begins. I am confident of doing well at the Asia Series.”