NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Indifferent starts don’t deter her. City’s child golf prodigy Vasundhara Thiara has a penchant for coming back strongly. And that’s exactly what she did at the most challenging Burapha Golf and Resort in Chonburi, Thailand where she finished a close 3rd in her under 12 category, just a stroke behind the second finisher, in the Mercedes-Benz Junior Golf Championship’s Asian Masters 2015 played from June 10th to 12.
More than 100 top ranked golfers from all over Asia took part in four age categories in the tournament. Vasundhara got one of only 4 slots allotted in the tournament to Indian leg of the Albatross Junior Golf on account of her being ranked number 1 in the Order of Merit of Albatross Junior Golf for the year 2014 in her age category. Thailand No.1 and 2 were among her competitors in this age category. Other golfers were from the top Asian golfing territories like Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Japan.
A joyous Vasundhara, who returned to the city on Monday from Thailand, where she was accompanied by her father, said the course there had a very high level of difficulty as all the fairways had undulating mounds with a large number of sand bunkers and large water hazards.
Sharing details of her journey through the tournament, she said “After holding joint 2nd position at the end of Day-1 with Piraya Yingpisit of Thailand with a score of 78, I slipped to 4th position at the end of Day-2 behind Piraya Yingpisit of Thailand and Momoka Hidaka of Japan, but then I raised my game on the final day by playing 3 over with 3 birdies and just missed 2nd position finish by a whisker – a stroke behind the ultimate 2nd finisher Piraya Yingpisit.
“Finishing 3rd against the best golfers in my category, and that too when I am still settling down with my newly procured Driver, in the absence of which I had to play the tournament with my old 3 Wood, has given a huge boost to my confidence while playing at the international level,” she added.
According to Vasundhara’s coach Jessy Grewal it’s always a challenge to play on courses overseas as they are undulating, with fast greens and more hazards as compared to the flat tracks which are available in India. In addition you also get to compete against the best internationally, and Vasundhara has proved her mettle.
Vasundhara says she is now getting ready to compete in the forthcoming IGU Ladies and Junior Girls tournament scheduled to be played at the Eagleton Golf and Country Club, Bangalore from June 23.