August 05, 2016: India’s junior golfers are on a roll these days. Shubham Jaglan continued his stellar run in the United States with another solid performance yesterday. The eleven year old prodigy from Haryana shot an impressive 67 on Thursday to soar into the lead in the US Kids Golf World Championship 2016. Several other Indian origin Americans were also leading their respective age categories. Avani Prashanth of Bengaluru is leading the way among girls in the nine year category.
Shubham made six birdies in a commanding effort in the first round of this prestigious event. His lone blemish came at the 151 yard par-3 eleventh hole, just as he got his round going from the tenth hole.
But he made the turn with a flourish, scoring three birdies in four holes. He took 34 strokes to complete his first nine holes, two under par.
He added birdies at the fourth, seventh and ninth holes as he consolidated his grip on the lead. Shubham has a two shot cushion on two Americans, an Aussie and a Canadian. All four children are tied in second at three under 69.
In the Boys-8 year category, Sahish Reddy from Duluth, Georgia was at the top of the sheet at the end of the first round. He was tied in the lead at 2-under 34 with Tristan Wieland.
Texan Shiv Parmar is leading the Boys-9 category, posting a fluent 68 in his first round. Indian Kuldeep Singh Dhesi from Jalandhar is lying in T7 after shooting an even 72 in his round on Pinehurst No.1
Sihan Sandhu, an Indian American from Virginia State was one of the most impressive young golfers on the course. He shot a brilliant 63 to take a two shot lead in the Boys-10 segment.
Jeevan Sihota, a Canadian with Indian heritage is ruling the roost in the Boys-12 category. He shot 66 in the first round to take a three shot lead over Matthew Spaulding.
In the girls 9 year group, Avani shot two under 34 to gain a one shot lead over Chloe Kovelesky of the United States. Avani made three birdies in the first round.
Anusha Borkar, also of Bengaluru is lying T8 in the Girls-12 category. Anusha shot two over 74 on Thursday. Her effort contained two birdies and four bogeys.