Kriti Chowhan puts up a fight to finish Runner-up at the IGU All India Ladies Amateur Championship
Kriti Chowhan, who trains under Chief Coach Monish Bindra at the Jaypee IGPN Golf Academy, reached a new level of achievement with a Runner-up finish at the 107th edition of the IGU All India Ladies Amateur Championship at the Noida Golf Course.
She went down narrowly to top seed Avani Prashanth of Bangalore 4 & 2 in the 36-hole match-play final in Noida. Avani the top seed was her team mate at the Abu Dhabi WAAP, Nov 2021.
Kriti & Avni on the winning hole.
The 10th seeded Kriti, who has been with Chief Coach Monish Bindra at the Jaypee IGPN Academy since 2017 also beat defending champion Sneha Singh by a comfortable margin (6&5) in the semi-finals of the Women’s National Championship at Noida GC.
Kriti, who has also been picking up stroke-play experience on the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour, was trailing Avani by six holes in the 36-hole final but fought back strongly by taking the next three to close the gap to the top seed significantly. Then she lost the 16th hole on the second nine to finish as the National runner by a 2&4 score line
In the earlier rounds, at the opening round of the match-play event of the Nationals, Kriti ousted no. 23 seed Yashita Raghav 2&1 , in the second round she beat 26th-seeded Fiza Ali on the final hole in round.
At the quarter-finals, Kriti beat 18th seed Snigdha Goswami 2&1 before running into defending champion Sneha Singh of Hyderabad, who went down to Kriti , by a wide 5&6( to mention that in the 106th Nationals, Sneha beat Hitaashee Bakshi 1-up for the title).
Proud to mention that, recently, Kriti also brought in a strong finish at the prestigious Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific tournament run and managed by the R&A at Abu Dhabi, where she took 34th place in a high-quality field of players from 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.
The 17-year-old Kriti, the Jaipur teenager, daughter of an Army officer,
Her coach Monish had to state "Kriti has been performing consistently over the last few months. She has picked up good exposure at the higher level. The next year will be interesting for her".