Kaushal’s special: Hole in One, 4 birdies and Pune title

Sports Reporter
Thursday, 24 January 2019

Kolkata boy Kaushal Bagrodia is all of 15, but in golfing parlance he has shown enough spark to inspire his parents to allow him to take up the sport as choice sport that he plays 3-4 hours a day five times a week.

Pune: Kolkata boy Kaushal Bagrodia is all of 15, but in golfing parlance he has shown enough spark to inspire his parents to allow him to take up the sport as choice sport that he plays 3-4 hours a day five times a week.

No wonder this ninth standard student of Calcutta International School came to Pune and walked through 18 holes with an under-par card that included a Hole-in-One of par-3 Hole No 3, four birdies, four bogeys and nine pars that earned him the title in the sixth leg of US Kids Golf India Tour, played at the Poona Club Golf course here on Wednesday.

The newly-introduced tour aimed at providing youngsters age-specific yardages on the course has been a immense success with players as young as six-year-olds registering and competing on the championship courses with tees placed as per their age.

The par-71 course was recalibrated to par-72 for the youngsters and the results were amazing.

“This is a much shorter course and narrower than my home course. The greens are tricky and not truer,” said Bagrodia, who plays at the Royal Calcutta Golf Course.

Kaushal won in Bengaluru on January 9, the 3rd leg of the Tour, after having finished third in Kolkata on January 3.

“My parents are happy with the way the Tour has gone by so we decided to come to Pune. Some 4-5 boys from Kolkata with one parent,” said Bagrodia, whose exploits on the course entails him all possible support from his school, which allows him to stay away so that he could compete.

Golf could be a career
The Kolkata boy was ranked No 3 on the Indian Golf Union (IGU) Order of Merit, but US Kids Golf Tour came in as a real game changer.

“This is better than IGU events where they don’t consider changing yardages for juniors. Also, one-day event is better for us as we don’t have to miss too much of academics,” Bagrodia told Sakal Times in an interview.

On Wednesday, Bagrodia sunk four birdies on the 3rd, 9th, 12th and 18th holes and that Hole-in-One was in effect an eagle, which made him cry out in joy when someone watching the shot standing close to the green jumped in jubilation when the ball bounced close to the hole and dropped into the pin.

Pune boys finish 2nd and 3rd
Pune players Tanmany Negi played one-under par 71 in the Boys 15-18 category to finish runner-up, another boy from Pune Kanishka Lunkad secured third position.

Meanwhile, Bhavesh Nirwan, topped once again for the third time in the Boys 9 category playing five tournaments out of total six.
 

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