Kolkata, India: Karandeep Kochhar will be the player to beat when he tees-off in this week’s Faldo Series India Championship.
The 16-year-old has enjoyed a stellar year to date and is hopeful of finishing 2015 in style, targetting a victory in the the 15th leg of the record-breaking 2015-2016 Faldo Series Asia season at the Tollygunge Club.
As well as representing his country in the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship and Asia Pacific Golf Confederation Junior Championship, Kochhar has risen to the top of the Indian Golf Union’s domestic amateur Order of Merit.
With the season nearing an end, it’s a position the St John’s High School student is anxious to hold onto.
“I am looking ahead to play in the Eastern India Juniors, also the Faldo Series Qualifier and All India Juniors. They will decide the final merit list standings for 2015,” said Kochhar.
“This year has been good for me, I have managed to do well,” added Kochhar who finished fourth among the international participants in the US Teens Championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina. He was eighth overall among 130 participants from 30 countries.
Now his attention is turned to the 54-hole World Amateur Golf Ranking [WAGR] event from which the age group winners will progress to the 10th Anniversary Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills China next March.
Already qualified for that trip is Diksha Dagar who continued her hot streak with a shock victory in the Faldo Series India Girls’ Championship, held last month.
Six-time Major champion Sir Nick Faldo, Britain’s most successful golfer, said: “My thanks to the Indian Golf Union for once more staging separate Faldo Series events for the girls and the boys.
“At the moment, India is the only country on the Faldo Series Asia schedule that does that – and illustrates the strength and depth of elite amateur golf in the country.”
Supported by The R&A and Mission Hills and endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the 2015-16 Faldo Series Asia campaign stretches over 11 months and boasts a minimum of 21 events in 17 countries including, for the first time, Australia.