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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

Feroz Garewal geared up for international challenge

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh , July 24, 2014
First Published: 13:27 IST(24/7/2014) | Last Updated: 13:37 IST(24/7/2014)

City-based junior golf champion Feroz Singh Garewal is all geared up for a host of international tournaments that will keep the youngster busy for the next couple of months. The most prominent of these will be the Asian Games, to be held in Incheon, South Korea, from September 19 to October 4.

Besides Garewal, who had topped the six-round trials organised last July for selecting the Indian squad for the Asiad last July, Manu Gandas (Delhi), Udayan Mane (Bangalore) and Samarth Dwivedi (Uttar Pradesh) are in the team.

“I am excited to be part of the squad and it’s an honour to represent the country. I have been to Korea before and have first-hand knowledge of playing there. It’s a bit chilly and wind is also an element when you play on the course,” said the 17-year-old golfer, who ranks first in both Category A (15-to17 yrs) and Category A and B (13-to-17 yrs) combined of the Indian junior golf circuit.

He was talking to the media at a press conference organised at Chandigarh Golf Club on Wednesday.

Prior to the Asian Games, Garewal will compete in three back-to-back international tournaments, starting with Asian Junior Team Championship, to be held in Gunsan, Korea, from August 11 to 14.

Here, too, like the Asian Games, every participating country will be represented by a four-member team.

Besides Garewal, the team will include Viraj Madappa (Kolkata), Shubham Narain (Delhi) and Pukhraj Singh Gill (Punjab).

All the players have been selected to the Indian squad on the basis of their national ranking in the combined Category A and B.

Following the Asian championship, Garewal will head to China, where he will compete in the 2nd Youth Olympics from August 16 to 28.

While the city lad, who studies in Class 12th at DAV Model School, Sector 15, and trains under coach Jesse Grewal at the CGA Range, will lead the Indian challenge in the boys’ section, Aditi Ashok of Bangalore will feature in the girls’ event. Later in the tournament, the duo will also partner in the team event.

And before Garewal finally returns to South Korea for the Asian Games, he will travel to Karuizawa, Japan, to compete in the World Amateur Team Golf Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy from September 7 to 14.

Garewal’s team will include his Asian Games squad members Manu Gandas and Udayan Mane.

On how is preparing for the hectic two months, Garewal said, “I have been working hard on my game, keeping in mind the various scenarios that I can face on the course. I would like to win the medal for the country.”

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