July 22, 2017: Amateur golfer from Chandigarh, 16-year-old Aadil Bedi claimed his first title on American soil in the boys’ 15-16 years category of the World Stars of Junior Golf at Paiute Golf Course, Las Vegas on Thursday. Bedi emerged as the winner with an overall score of 3-over-219 and won by a four-shot margin over Pablo Alvarez of Mexico.
“The conditions had been windy for the last three days and the par-score in the first round made me confident. I made three birdies in the last round which helped my score. Playing in USA and on the links golf course is always a challenge and more than 15 USA golfers played in my category. This win will also helps me play British Junior Championship in UK and Junior Golf Championship in Florida, USA, next month,” Bedi told to the Indian Express.
Junior golfer Aadil Bedi continued his impressive run of form with another victory on the international circuit. Aadil emerged victorious in this week’s World Stars of Junior Golf, held at the Paiute Golf Course in the Nevada desert. Rahul Ajay tied for fifth, ten strokes off the pace set by Aadil.
“Aadil showed a lot of maturity in tough conditions and playing at the amateur level has helped him. He is highly focused and committed to win titles at the world level and we will aim to improve time-tested fundamentals to allow him exploit his full potential before he turns professional. It is good to see such a talent coming from India and mastering USA golf courses,” said Bob Byman.
The 16 year old from Chandigarh fired rounds of 72-73-74 to clinch the title on Thursday. He emerged victorious by four shots over Mexican Pablo Alvarez.
Rahul scored rounds of 77-77-75 to tie for fifth with Zach May. Jimmy Zheng and Tyler Diehl finished in a tie for third place.
Aadil and Rahul were competing in the Boys 15-16 category on the par 72 course.
The Chandigarh lad had seven birdies and an eagle during the three rounds he played for the event. On an eventful final day, Aadil started with a bogey on the second hole, but made amends with birdies at the third and sixth holes.
A bogey at the eighth meant that the Indian made the turn at even par for the day. An eagle at the par-5 13th hole helped him fire ahead but a couple of bogeys and a double at the 18th pulled him back into over par territory.
However, Aadil’s three over total of 219 was four better than that of Alvarez, who paid the price for an 80 in the first round and 76 the next day.
Even though the Mexican fought back with a 67 in the final round, he was far too back to catch up with his Indian opponent.
Victory is sweet for Aadil especially considering that he lost in the same event by a solitary stroke in 2016.
Rahul was one under through seven holes but a string of bogeys over the final stretch proved costly for the young lad, who missed out on a third place finish by five strokes. Rahul suffered double bogeys at the 15th and 17th on the final day, hurting his chances of a better finish.