06 November 2018: Indian boys and girls gave a good account of themselves at the recently concluded Singha Thailand Junior World Golf Championship at the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course. Pranavi Urs placed top among the girls, ending the week at 6-over 294 for a one-stroke victory over Minami Kiyomoto. Among the boys, Sunhit Bishnoi came second behind Magcalayo Jolo Timothy, at 7-over 295.
Raghav Chugh shot a brilliant 66 in the final round on Sunday. He finished the week at 8-over 296 in T3 with Waris Manthorn. Sunhit was also under par in the final round, posting a 69 to secure the second place.
Anika Varma was the second best among girls, closing out with a 74 to finish in T12 with Hailey Loh. Anika and Pranavi combined to help the Indian team finish in fourth place among the girls.
Chugh and Bishnoi ran rampant on Sunday to help the Indian team take top honours in the team competition.
Pranavi posted scores of 74-71-74-75 for an overall score of 294, the best among the girls. Kiyomoto with 295 and Kim Min Byeol with 299 came second and third respectively.
Anika’s card for the week contained scores of 80-78-76-74, the young girl constantly learning and getting progressively better through the week.
Jai Bahl, Krishnav Chopra and Purnayush Mangal were the other boys in the field. The three boys occupied the 33rd to 35th spots in sequence.
Pranavi was the leading amateur too at the Hero Women’s Indian Open in October 2017. The schoolgirl from Mysuru was the only amateur to make the cut in that event. She followed that up with a brilliant finish this year too, posting a 71 in the final round a few weeks ago.
Pranavi was outdone by Sifat Sagoo this year, but another impressive showing at the DLF Golf & Country Club, consistently rated as the most difficult course in India helped build her confidence.