Seven young Indian golfers qualify for Asian Games

Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Harimohan Singh, Rayhan Thomas also made the cut for the multisport event in the men’s team, while Ridhima Dilawari and Sifat Sagoo were selected in the women’s team, apart from Diksha.

Aadil Bedi said that it is a privilege to qualify for Asian Games.   -  Twitter @Aadilbedigolf

Seven young golfers, including Diksha Dagar and Aadil Bedi, have qualified to represent India at the 18th Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Indonesia, in August.

Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Harimohan Singh, Rayhan Thomas also made the cut for the multisport event in the men’s team, while Ridhima Dilawari and Sifat Sagoo were selected in the women’s team, apart from Diksha.

Kshitij scored six-under at the selection trials, held at the JP Greens and Classics golf course, while Aadil shot four-under and Harimohan Singh had a score of three-under.

A total of six rounds were held and the best five were considered as the qualifying score at the trails, which happened from April 22 to 30 in the National Capital Region.

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Among the girls, Ridhima and Sifat shot eight-under and seven-under to finish at the first and second position, while Diksha, who had won a silver medal for India at the Deaflympics in 2017, scored five-under to book her ticket to the quadrennial event, where the golf event is scheduled to be held from August 21 to 25.

Aadil, who will also play in the World Cup, known as Eisenhower Cup, in Ireland, in August, said that it is a privilege to qualify for Asian Games.

“It is a great previledge to play at Asian games and I am looking to return with gold medal. There are countries such as Taiwan, Korea, Japan and China, who will pose a tough competition, but I am confident,” Aadil, who is number one in National Mens merit list, said.

“I plan to go there twice, in May and June, prior to the event to know about the conditions,” added the 17-year-old Chandigarh golfer, who started playing golf at the age of six.