Vasundhara has just returned after playing in the IGU Eastern India Ladies & Junior Girls Golf tournament which was conducted at the Tollygunje Club from the 17th till 20th November. The Tolly course in addition to be known as a very tight and a tricky course, during this tournament had exceptionally quick greens with very difficult pin positions. On day one Vasundhara had the second best score of the day amongst all categories as she played 2 over. A two over par on day one meant a 4 stroke lead over second position and 7 stroke lead over third position. Her victory only got sweeter when she signed off the tournament with 20 foot putt for a birdie on the last hole. This will be Vasundhara’s third win at Tollygunje Club in as many years. In this years Ladies and Junior Girls tour she has won 3 tournaments out of the six tournaments played till date.
The mercurial rise of Vasundhara in this sport has not gone unnoticed. In September this year Vasundhara was extended support by The Golf Foundation which is head quartered in Delhi and was established to help a pool of talented golfers in India for producing world champions. The Foundation wants to create a global golf footprint with these junior golfers since it believes they are highly motivated, hardworking, dedicated to excel at the national and international levels. In addition to numerous international events, the fact that golf has been included in the Olympics hugely widens the opportunities for these golfers. The Golf Foundation is affiliated to the Indian Golf Union (IGU) and supported by the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).
Talking to media at CGA Golf Range, Sector 6, Chandigarh today Vasundhara said that her focus this year as advised by her coach Jesse Grewal has been a lot on training and has therefore been playing tournaments very selectively that do not interfere with her training schedule. This is being done primarily to strengthen her game by improving existing strokes and increasing her repertoire of shots to enable her to play in different conditions. Though she is the longest hitter of the golf ball in her category, her distance has increased considerably more with some new changes introduced by her coach Jesse Grewal. Vasundhara also spends a substantial amount of time with her mental strengthening trainer Irina Brar. Here too a lot of work is being done to make her mentally strong as well as on a whole lot of finer aspects of the game. Physical fitness is an area which she is laying a lot of emphasis on and therefore works out regularly.
All this is being done keeping in mind the extensive International commitments she would be meeting in 2015.Vasundhara and her coach are targeting 2018-2019 as the time she should be competing at the highest level internationally.
Vasundhara Thiara, all of 11,a student of Vivek High School Chandigarh who contended for a higher category in the ladies tour this year kept her winning streak and feel-good story. After finishing last year Girls-Category-D as India’s No.1 as per the Indian Golf Union, Order of Merit she had entered the next Category-C earlier this year.
For now we will have to settle for precocious on course exploits of this charming bespectacled innocence. With a number 1 position in her rear view Vasundhara is well on her way driving to number 1 position this year too.
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