Chandigarh lad Karandeep Kochar youngest Indian and first amateur ever to win on PGTI | Golf
Kolkata: Chandigarh has given some of the biggest golfing stars to India. Renowned golfer Jeev Milka Singh along with some of India’s top players, as Harmeet Kahlon, Irina Brar, Sujjan Singh, H.S. Kang , Amandeep Johl and Gurbaaz Mann call Changirh their home. We can add one more player to the list.
17-year-old Karandeep Kochhar today stunned the heavyweights to become the youngest golfer and first Indian amateur to win on the PGTI.
The Chandigarh lad shot an incredible eight-under-62 on the final day, the best round of the tournament to upset some of the top professionals in the country en route his three-shot triumph at the PGTI Players Championship presented by Tollygunge Club.
The six-foot tall class 12th student had shot 66 and 68 in the previous two rounds for a 14-under 196.
Bangladesh’s Mohammad Zamal Hossain Mollah is the only other player to have won on the PGTI as an amateur. He achieved the feat at the City Bank – Dhaka Bank Bangladesh Open 2009 played at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka.
Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, claimed the runner-up spot at 11-under-199 after his final round of six-under-64.
Last year Karandeep Singh Kochhar attained No. 1 ranking in the country as per the Indian Golf Union merit list standings (as on October 17, 2015), in the category A. Then Sixteen-year-old Karandeep, a student of St John’s High School, Sector 26, had topped the merit list for the category A, i.e. 15-18 years category. He has earlier topped in B, C and D categories at one point of time.