PGTI Gujarat Open sees tight finish


From L-R – Devang Shah (MD, Navratna Group), Aman Raj & Uttam Mundy (CEO, PGTI)

27-year-old Aman Raj from Patna shot 66-68-70-73 (11-under 277) to win the Gujarat Open Golf Championship at Kalhaar Blues & Greens in Ahmedabad by a narrow one stroke margin over two-time All India Amateur champion and tour rookie, Aryan Roopa Anand of Bangalore. The win was Aman’s 2nd, following the Jaipur Open title in Nov. 2018.

Aman, who was recovering from a bout of food poisoning during the final round, finally crossed the line exhibiting determination and patience.
Aman said, “I wasn’t feeling too well this morning as I had food poisoning last evening. But I was still swinging it well. I was not hitting it close to the pins but I made a lot of good two-putts and hung in there. I was expecting three to four birdies today but then I just told myself to keep the lead till the end and not make any errors.
“My experience told me to just keep it on the fairway and green and give myself chances. I kept believing in myself. It was a relief to get the job done finally.”
Noida-based Australian national 15-year-old Aarav Shah was the best performing amateur at a creditable 48th place among the professionals at 13-over 301.

The Indian players now come to the most lucrative stretch of golf seen in India for many years with the US$750,000 DGC Open next week after which they will be in Bangalore for the European Challenge Tour’s two new back to back US$300,000 events being held at the KGA, courtesy the new agreement between PGTI and the European Tour.


Photo – PGTI

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