The Indian Golf Union’s (IGU) 3 member men’s team consisting of Yuvraj Singh, Shaurya Bhattacharya and Rohit Narwal shot rounds of 150-142-148-142 to register a 33rd finish out of 36 national teams at the Eisenhower Trophy for the World Amateur Team Championship played at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club last week.
The United States of America team, featuring Nick Dunlap, David Ford and Gordon Sargent, ranked No.2 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings, delivered an outstanding performance, carding rounds of 135-137-136-132. Their remarkable 36-under par total marked a first victory in the tournament for the USA since 2014, and by a commanding 11 shots. Remarkably, Norway – a country with fewer golfers and courses than India, surprised everyone as they finished 2nd tied with powerhouse Australia at 25-under par.
In the individual competition, Yuvraj Singh from Kapurthala scored 74-70-72-71, for a tied-55th place finish. Shaurya Bhattacharya, the top-ranked golfer on the IGU Order of Merit from New Delhi, with 76-73-76-71, was at tied-89th position at 8-over par.
Rohit Narwal, from Hyderabad, was 94th with rounds of 79-72-76-74, totaling 14-over par.
The tournament saw participation from 108 individuals representing 36 countries.
Following the men’s event, the women’s World Amateur Team Championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy, will be played this week at the same venue in Abu Dhabi.
Avani Prashanth, the two-time All India Amateur Champion, and 2023 Queen Sirikit Cup winner in the Philippines leads the way. She is joined by Nishna Patel from Mumbai, who finished runners-up in the 2023 Asia Pacific Juniors and recently made it to the Round of 16 at the R&A’s Girls’ Amateur in England. Rounding out the team is Chandigarh’s promising Mannat Brar, the no.1 ranked amateur on the IGU’s Order of Merit.
Both the Espirito Santo Trophy and the Eisenhower Trophy are 72-hole competitions (played over four days) in which the best two individual scores in each team count towards the final score.
The players on the national teams have a busy few months coming up. Avani will also play the National Games at Delhi Golf Club starting on Nov 5th and the Asian Amateur Championships in Melbourne later in November.
For score details
Individual – https://www.igfgolf.org/watc/2023-watc-abu-dhabi-uae/eisenhower-scoring-male-individual
Photo – IGU