The 3rd Albatross International Golf Championship is set for an exciting finale. The field is growing and this edition has proved that India can boast of a world-class junior event.
The tournament has been the perfect showcase for Indian golf. The more our boys and girls get to pitch their skills with the best of Asia and the world, the better they will get. Increased tournament play will sharpen their competitive instincts and help them perform well, whether at home or abroad. Certainly, today's junior golfers receive far more opportunities to tee it up abroad than we did!
Going into the final day on Friday, Indians lead in three categories - Arjun Singh in Category 'A', Amrita Anand in Category 'C' girls and Aadil Bedi in Category 'D'. The Thais also lead in three categories - Sarit Suwannarut in Category 'B', Puwit Anupansuebsai in Category 'C' and Onkanok Soisuwan in Category 'D' girls.
In Category 'B' girls, Benyapa Niphatsophon of Thailand has a share of the lead with Wu Sha of China while Japan's Moyu Sasaki, a student of Hank Haney's International Junior Golf Academy, USA, is in front in Category 'A' girls.
The sensational two-day scores of nine-under par by Sarit, and eight-under par by child prodigy, Puwit, have no doubt stolen the limelight and remind me of Thai pro Chapchai Nirat, who burnt the Classic Golf Resort in 2009 (during the SAIL Open).
Thailand are dominating the team event in the 13-17 years age category with Albatross India, comprising of Arjun Singh and Piyush Sangwan, a close second. Besides these youngsters, there are other Indian juniors capable of winning. It's an exciting time for Indian golf.
I wish the participants the best for the final day. Remember, there are WAGR points awaiting you all.
(Gaganjeet Bhullar is one of india’s top professional golfers)