A three-member Indian Golf Union ladies squad comprising teenage amateurs Avani Prashanth of Bangalore, Sneha Singh of Hyderabad and Nishna Patel of Mumbai will compete this week at The Women’s Amateur Championship, from June 20-25.
The championship will give India’s young stars the chance to measure themselves against top class international competition, and to earn valuable world amateur ranking points
The championship, considered one of the most prestigious in world golf, dates back to 1893, and attracts an international field with an impressive list of former winners including McCormack Medal winner Leona Maguire and major champions Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist. The winner gains entry to the Women’s British Open, US Women’s Open, The Evian Championship and Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.
The same three players will also represent India later this year at the World Amateur Team Championships in Paris.
Following the Women’s Amateur, 15-year-old Prashanth will participate as an amateur in the Ladies European Tour’s Euro 300,000 Amundi German Masters, on a rare and highly coveted sponsor’s invitation.
The tournament consists of two days strokeplay after which the top 64 players will advance to the knockout stage. We wish the girls best of luck.
Indian boys miss cut at British Amateur
The Indian Amateur team comprising 2019 & 2021 All India Amateur Champion Aryan Roopa Anand, 2021 All India runner-up Yuvraj Singh, Shaurya Bhattacharya and Milind Soni all failed to qualify for the match-play stage at the Amateur Championship held at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s last week.
Bhattacharya came the closest to making the cut with rounds of 76-68 (2-over 144), which was one shot too many as the cut was set at 1-over 143. That left him in a tie for 80th. The other three finished near the back of the field. Soni shot 75-78 (11-over 153) to tie for 230th; Roopa Anand shot 81-75 (14-over 156) to tie for 250th and Singh shot 83-74 (15-over 157) to tie for 262nd in a field consisting of 288 players from over 25 countries.
The tournament was won by 17-year-old Aldrich Potgeiter of South Africa, who beat Sam Bairstow of England by 3 and 2 in the 36-hole Final. He became the youngest winner of The Amateur since Matteo Manassero triumphed in 2009 at the age of 16.