Chandigarh: Chandigarh golfer Aadil Bedi stunned all the big guns and won the SSG-BLR international Amateur championship with a huge margin at Jack Nicklaus Sea View Golf course at Singapore, here on Wednesday. Ng Ah Hock of Malaysia finished runners up, while Mohamed Redhza of Singapore came third in the tournament.
The 16-year-old golfer shot brilliant 68, 71 and 67 for a total of 10-under-206 with 17 birdies over three days. Aadil got blazing start on the opening day and shot seven birdies with one double bogey and a bogey and carded 4-under on a windy day. The beautiful sea view hill course witnessed steady game from Aadil on the second day with another under par score of 71 with 3 birdies.
“With my first overseas win, I will improve my World Amateur Golf Ranking. At present I am in the top 900. With this win I might move into top 800. This will consolidate my entry into inaugural Junior President’s Cup international team lead by Garry Player vs the Americans. It will be played from September 24-27 at Plainfield Country Club in Edison New Jersey USA,” said Aadil.
He added, “I will play six more WAGR-based events, including four big matches in July in the USA and two IGU amateur tournaments at Hyderabad and Coimbatore in June in India. This will give me fair amount of chance to move up in the World Rankings to qualify for all elite events in the world.”
Aadil said, “I had to wait for 11 overseas tournaments to register my first win. I had been on the leaderboard couple of times before and missed very close chances, particularly the World Cup last year in the US. This time I kept cool under pressure. Instead of holding on the lead this time, I attacked which helped me card 65 on the last day.”
“I worked out on finer points of the game with Jesse Grewal, my golf coach at CGA and Dr Gurmeet Sigh, my athletic coach. This is helping me to peak at the right time before big competitions. Big credit goes to my parents too who have done everything they could to support my international amateur career, said Aadil who is a student of Vivek High School.
The tournament was hosted by Society of Singapore Golfers. The 3-day event is a WAGR-rated International championship. Jack Nicklaus course is on an island 60 km from Singapore situated at Bintan Lagoon resort in Riau Island and its administrative control is with Indonesia.