Jaypee IGPN Academy student Kriti Chowhan shines at Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship 2021
Jaypee IGPN Golf Academy student Kriti Chowhan brought laurels to the academy and the IGPN programme with a fine finish at the prestigious Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific 2021 tournament at Abu Dhabi recently.
Kriti who is 17 years old has been working with Academy Chief Coach Monish Bindra for the past four years and he has overseen her growth and development ever since the teenager came under his charge.
The talented and hard-working Kriti was placed tied 34th in a high-quality field that included players from all around the Asia-Pacific region with rounds of 76, 70, 73, and 69 for a level-par aggregate of 288 at the par-72 Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates.
“Kriti is coming along just fine. After a long break getting back to tournaments was important for Kriti and she performed very well in Abu Dhabi.” Chief Coach and IGPN head Monish Bindra said.
“She was doing online lessons during the lockdown, which helped maintaine her swing and that paid off at the WAAP Championship in Abu Dhabi.”
“Right now, the focus is on fitness and her iron play. She has got a lot better, we have changed her irons as well which has definitely helped,” Coach Bindra added.
The teenager herself was over the moon with her performance in UAE. “It was amazing being a part of the India team and a really proud moment for me to represent India in a tournament like WAAP,” Kriti said on her return from Abu Dhabi.
“The experience was phenomenal. It was very exciting to see all the top players from all over the world. It was great learning and exposure for me.
“Although the first day of the tournament was not as great as expected, the next three days were quite satisfactory.
Added Col Tapan Chowhan, Kriti's father, “Once we came to know about WAAP three months ago we first reviewed our equipment and realised that her irons needs to be changed.
“After training and preparation with our coach we then selected the tournaments we should play as a run- up to WAAP. We also selected Women’s Golf Association of India tournaments so as to get tougher competition.
“The Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific required 10 days of quarantine before the tournament so we played three weeks back-to-back before quarantine so that we don't lose touch. During the quarantine, we continued our fitness regime to keep the body in shape for the tournament.
“During the tournament, first day's score was 4-over (probably because of 10 days gap we had because of the quarantine) but we finished level par over the four days and tied 34th in the overall ranking.”
For the record, Kriti was four over par 76 on day one of the competition but settled in to play better as the tournament progressed, finishing off with a 3-under par 69 on the final day, November 13 that contained four birdies against one dropped shot.
In all, she recorded 12 birdies against as many bogeys in the four days of the Asia-Pacific event.
Kriti was one of eight Indians entered for the WAAP, from among who as many as five made the cut. US-based teenager Anika Varma was the best-placed Indian finisher, in ninth place.
The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship is developed and run by The R&A and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation to unearth emerging talent and provide a route for Asia’s top women amateurs to the international stage.
Abu Dhabi played host to the third edition of the championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates from November 10 to 13.
The winner, 19-year-old Mizuki Hashimoto of Japan, secured Major championship places in next year’s AIG Women’s Open and the Amundi Evian Championship as well as the Hana Financial Group Championship and an invitation to play in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, an indication of the rewards for doing well at the regional amateur championship.