Nishtha Madan falters in Michigan
Nishtha Madan, who has played in America for the past five years, made a strong start with rounds of 68 and 70 but shot a final round 80 to finish 69th at the US$ 200,000 Island Resort Championship on the Epson pro tour, the developmental tour for the LPGA. Nishtha is currently 60th on the Epson Tour having made 7 cuts in 11 starts this year. The top 20 finishers at the end of the Epson tour season earn their playing rights on the LPGA for next year.
Madan will next play in the US$ 200,000 Twin Bridges Championship from July 8-10 in Albany, New York.
Tripathi, Dagar and Kapoor make cuts in Europe
Three Indian pros, led by 30-year-old Neha Tripathi, made the cut at the US$ 210,000 Czech Ladies Open, a Ladies European Tour (LET) event at Royal Beroun Golf Club in Czechia.
Tripathi, from Kolkata shot 71-69-73 (3-under 213) to finish 36th. She was followed by Diksha Dagar, who shot 69-74-71 to finish in a tie for 43rd at 2-under alongside Vani Kapoor, who shot 72-71-71.
Two other Indian pros – Amandeep Drall (73-73) and Ridhima Dilawari (72-76) – missed the 36-hole cut set at 1-over 145.
Amandeep Drall, 15 year old Bangalore amateur Avani Prashanth (A), Diksha Dagar, Ridhima Dilawari, Tvesa Malik and Vani Kapoor are now headed to Germany for the US$ 310,000 German Masters from June 30-July 3 at Golf & CC Seddiner See.
Nikita Arjun makes cut in Texas
Former Bangalore girl Nikita Arjun posted scores of 75-70-74-79 (10-over 298) to finish tied 35th at the Oscar Williams Classic, a Women’s All Pro Tour (WAPT) event at Hurricane Creek CC in Anna, The WAPT is is the qualifying tour for the Epson Tour, which in turn is the qualifying tour for the LPGA.
Arjun, the 28-year-old who now resides in Arizona, trains under William Eldrenkamp at the Legacy Golf Resort in Arizona and has been playing on the Cactus, Symetra and Women’s All Pro Tour since turning pro in 2018.
Anirban Lahiri misses the weekend on PGA Tour
Anirban Lahiri shot 70-73 (3-over 143) to miss the cut by five shots at the US$ 8.3mn Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut.
This was Lahiri’s third missed cut in a row, a run that includes the PGA Championship and the Memorial Tournament. So far this season Lahiri has made only nine cuts in 19 events but still ranks 59th in the FedEx Cup Rankings thanks to his runner-up finish at the US$ 20mn The Players Championship earlier in March.
Lahiri will next tee-up at the US$ 7.1mn John Deere Classic from June 30-July 3 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.
Gangjee, Bhullar others miss cut in Korea
Rahil Gangjee, Gaganjeet Bhullar & Veer Ahlawat all missed the cut while Honey Baisoya retired after the first round in the Asian Tour’s US$1mn Korea Open Golf Championship, at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.
The cut-line was set at 4-over 146 while Indian scores were as follows:
Rahil Gangjee – 72-75 (147)
Gaganjeet Bhullar – 73-75 (148)
Veer Ahlawat – 78-76 (154)
Honey Baisoya – 80-RTD
Shubhankar Sharma withdraws from BMW International
Shubhankar Sharma, a two-time winner on the DP World Tour, was forced to withdraw from the US$ 2.1mn BMW International Open in Munich, Germany after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Sharma tested positive prior to his opening round and put out the following tweet:
We had a good shot at @TheOpen, this week,too.Well,that’s how the life is.
I will be ready for the @IrishOpen_ next week. Doing my bit to be match fit.
— Shubhankar Sharma (@shubhankargolf) June 22, 2022
Sharma, who is currently 19th in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings, should be able to play this week in the US$ 6mn Irish Open from June 30-July 3 at Co Kilkenny in Ireland.
Photo – Nishtha Madan/ LET Flickr / Nikita Arjun / PGA Tour / Japan Golf Tour / DP World Tour