Ashbeer wards off Joshi threat

Kapurthala lad ekes out one-shot win; Bangalorean finishes runner-up

Starting Friday’s final day with a seven-shot lead, Ashbeer shot his poorest round of the week, but still eked out a one-shot win after returning a card of ten-over 81, which gave him a tournament total of 12-over 296.

Bangalore’s Khalin Joshi almost caught up with Ashbeer but a three-putt from just off the green on the final hole cost him the chance to take the tie into a play-off. Khalin carded a four-over 75 and had to be content with a runner-up finish at 13-over 297.

Manu Gandas held on for a wire-to-wire win in Category B (U-15), holding on to the top spot through the tournament and winning with a final round of 12-over 83 to total 30-over for the tournament, two shots better than second-placed Aman Raj.

Piyush Sangwan completed a memorable double as the Category C (U-12) player followed up his Lalit Suri Western India title last week with another win. He carded a round of nine-over 80 to finish one shot ahead of overnight leader Feroze Garewal, who fell back with a round of 83.

Category D (U-10) witnessed an exciting end, as both Jaiveer Singh and Karandeep Kochhar were on top after 18 holes on the final day. A play-off ensued and it was Jaiveer who came through to win on the first play-off hole.

Results: Category A&B: 296: Ashbeer Saini (70, 73, 72, 81); 297: Khalin Joshi (69, 74, 79, 75); 302: Trishul Chinappa (75, 73, 78, 76); 303: Chikarangappa (77, 71, 82, 73); 306: Ankur Chadha (74, 72, 79, 81).
Category B: 314: Manu Gandas (74, 75, 82, 83); 316: Aman Raj (84, 74, 77, 81); 317: Rahul Ravi (81, 76, 79, 81); 318: Honey Baisoya (77, 78, 82, 81), Roshan Raj (81, 78, 78, 81).
Category C: 321: Piyush Sangwan (81, 78, 82, 80); 322: Feroz Singh Garewal (75, 83, 81, 83); 324: Viraj Madappa (84, 81, 80, 79); 325: Prakhar Asawa (80, 81, 82, 82); 326: Harsh Gangwar (88, 78, 78, 82).
Category D: 249: Jaiveer Singh (84, 84, 81), Karandeep S Kochchar (88, 80, 81); 262: Arjun Prasad (85, 81, 96); 265: Arjun Puri ((92, 83, 90); 272: Kshitij Kaul (86, 91, 95).

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