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Arjun Bhati 17 yrs old shoots -18 and finishes in top-3 at Asian Development Tour event

Arjun Bhati 17 yrs old shoots -18 and finishes in top-3 at Asian Development Tour event

IGPN Academy ward Arjun Bhati, who turned professional only in March this year, was the best-placed Indian in the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) co-sanctioned event at the Classic Golf and Country Club that ended on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Arjun had rounds of 70, 66, 68 and 66 to finish in third place ahead of experienced Indian stars like Rashid Khan, Khalin Joshi and Shamim Khan besides upcoming talents like Karandeep Kochhar, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Kshitij Naveed Kaul and Kartik Sharma.

Arjun, 17, played his first professional event at the Tata Steel PGTI Players Championship at the Tollygunge Club in Kolkata this March and the Asian Development Tour Gurgaon Challenge was only his second tournament after leaving amateur status.

IGPN Academy chief coach Monish Bindra and Arjun decided earlier this year that having achieved notable success on the Indian Golf Union’s domestic amateur circuit, it was time for the teenager to take the big step into the professional ranks.

Coach Monish Bindra told Arjun, “Let's step up the game, sooner rather than later we have to play with the big boys. Let’s play and learn at the higher level.”

Arjun topped the IGU Order of Merit in the A, B, C and D categories and finished fourth on the IGU Amateur tour in 2021-22.

The decision to turn pro was taken after due diligence and a long discussion with his parents and coach on all aspects of the matter and also considering that the talented teenager had to find new challenges in order to improve his game and take it to higher levels.

“Arjun is up to the challenge and wants to challenge his game at higher levels and push himself,” Coach Bindra noted.

“The training programme with coach Monish Bindra, fitness instructor Sandeep Parihar, dietitian Fahad Shah, and physiotherapist Dr Ravinder Kumar has already been stepped up,” Bindra added.

Ahead of the ADT-PGTI event at the Classic Golf and Country Club, Coach Monish played a round of golf with Arjun on Friday to have his course management in place for the first two days and the final two rounds after making the cut.

“The idea was to prepare well and enjoy the exposure at this stage. There is a long way to go in Arjun’s development," coach Monish said.

At the Classic GCC, Arjun’s final round of 66 was the day’s best card along with that of event winner Dodge Kemmer of the United States.

Arjun (70-66-68-66) mixed seven birdies with a bogey on the day. He began with a 30-foot birdie conversion on the first hole that set up the round for him.

Arjun told the PGTI later, “I’m very proud of my effort this week. Scoring 18-under is a huge confidence booster for me. It’s a dream start to my career. I putted really well this week.”

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