July 17, Indian sports news wrap: Suchitra finishes T-45 at Trust Golf Link Series

July 17 sports wrap: Here are all the major developments in Indian sports on Saturday.

The second half of the TATA Steel PGTI season will resume on August 17.

The second half of the TATA Steel PGTI season will resume on August 17. | Photo Credit: PTI

July 17 sports wrap: Here are all the major developments in Indian sports on Saturday.

Suchitra Ramesh finishes T-45 at Trust Golf Link Series in Scotland

Suchitra Ramesh rounded off the week with a 79 and finished T-45 at the Trust Golf Link Series on Sunday.

Thailand’s Arpichaya Yubol put on a fine show on the final day to win the competition by five shots. Yubol fired a round of five-under 67 and finished with a total score of ten-under par. With a win this week and a runner-up finish in last week’s event at Ramside Hall, the Thai golfer has secured one of the two invitation spots in the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, which is scheduled from July 28-31.

In a tie for second place at five-under were Dutch golfer Lauren Holmey - final round of two-under 70 - and Germany’s Patricia Isabel Schmidt (one-under 71).

Thailand’s Chanettee Wannasaen took the fourth position after shooting three-under 69.


TATA Steel PGTI announces events calendar for second half of 2022 season

The second half of the TATA Steel PGTI season will resume on August 17 as the organisers announced a lineup of 14 events, with prize money of over ₹11 crore. The schedule includes three new events: Kapil Dev-Grant Thornton Invitational, S. S. P. Chawrasia Invitational, and Vooty Masters, all carrying a prize purse of ₹1 crore each.

The season-ending TATA Steel Tour Championship will carry a record prize purse of ₹3 crore, an increase of 100 percent this year. The event, featuring the top 60 on the Order of Merit, along with a few invitees, will be held at the Golmuri & Beldih Golf Courses in Jamshedpur from December 15 to 18.

The prize money of over ₹11 crore for the second half will take this season’s total prize purse to over ₹18 crore.

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The first half of the season consisted of eight events and was followed by the mid-season break.

The action will resume with the Tata Steel PGTI Players Championship 2022 which will be played at the Coimbatore Golf Club from August 17 to 20.

“The PGTI will witness non-stop golfing action from August to December with the launch of three new events coming as a major boost for Indian professional golf,” PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy said.

“We are also pleased to further expand our footprint across the country with the addition of three new venues,” Mundy added.


Vani Kapoor moves to second, Dagar fifth in Netherlands

Vani Kapoor and Diksha Dagar sit at second and fifth places, respectively, ahead of the final round.

Vani Kapoor and Diksha Dagar sit at second and fifth places, respectively, ahead of the final round. | Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Vani Kapoor carded a 1-under 71 to sit one shot off the lead at T-2 after the third round of the Big Green Egg Open in Netherlands.

As three-time Major champion Anna Nordqvist moved to 7-under, Kapoor was 6-under and tied second with Austria’s Sarah Schober (73) after 54 holes at the Rosendaelsche Golf Club. Birdies on the fourth and 10th holes gave Kapoor the lead at one point in the day before a dropped shot on the 15th saw her fall back into a tie for second.

A missed birdie putt on 18 summed up Kapoor’s day on the greens, but she is excited to play in the final group in a Ladies European Tour event for the first time.

“I putted well but they didn’t go in the hole, but I’m hoping for a better day tomorrow,” Kapoor said.

Diksha Dagar, the other Indian in contention for podium places, shot 73 that included a rough patch with three bogeys in four holes from eighth to 11th. She slipped to T-5 but is only three off the lead and two behind Kapoor.

Meanwhile, Mandeep Drall (74) was T-30, and Ridhima Dilawari (77) slipped to 63rd.


Aditi-Pajaree finish 24th in Great Lakes Invitational

The Indo-Thai par of Aditi Ashok and Pajaree Annanarukarn finished T-24 despite a 7-under final round of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Midland, US on Saturday.

In an event where Aditi and Pajaree finished third a year ago, they shot 72-62-69 in the three rounds.

Personally, Aditi had a good round as she closed with five birdies, three of them in the last four holes. She will now take this form to Europe, which has two Majors -- Evian Championship and AIG Women’s Open with the Scottish Open in the next three weeks.

Aditi is confirmed for the Evian and the Scottish Open events.

Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas won the event, closing with a 9-under 61 in best-ball play for a five-stroke victory in the LPGA Tour's lone team event.

The U.S. Solheim Cup partners finished at 26-under 254 at Midland Country Club. Kupcho won for the third time this year and in her career, while Salas won her second tour title.

Matilda Castren and Kelly Tan were second after a 62 as Stacy Lewis and Maria Fassi shot a 59 to finish third at 20-under. Cheyenne Knight and Elizabeth Szokol had a 61 to match Tiffany Chan and Haeji Kang at 19 under Chan and Kang shot a 62.

The 51-year-old Annika Sorenstam and Madelene Sagstrom, tied for the first-round lead, closed with a 66 to tie for 28th at 11 under.

The tournament ended Saturday so players could head to France for the fourth major of the year at the Evian Championship, which will start the European portion of the LPGA Tour schedule.



Prarthana loses in Latvia

Prarthana Thombare in Partnership with Emily Appleton was beaten 6-4, 6-3 in the doubles final by Dalila Jakupovic and Ivana Jorovic in the $60,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Latvia.

In the $15,000 ITF men’s event in Tunisia, Sai Karteek Reddy Ganta and Manish Sureshkumar won the doubles title, beating compatriots Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli and Niki Poonacha 10-8 in the super tie-break.

The results:
$60,000 ITF women, Liepaja, Latvia Doubles (final): Dalila Jakupovic (Slo) & Ivana Jorovic (Srb) bt Emily Appleton (GBR) &Prarthana Thombare 6-4, 6-3; Semifinals: Emily & Prarthana bt Nefisa Berberovic (BIH) & Martina Colmegna (Ita) 6-3, 6-4; Quarterfinals: Emily & Prarthana bt Jing-Jing Lu & Yue Yuan (Chn) 4-6, 6-2, [10-6]; Pre-quarterfinals: Emily & Prarthana bt Aneta Laboutkova (Cze) & Marine Partaud (Fra) 6-4, 7-5.
$15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia Doubles (final): Sai Karteek Reddy Ganta & Manish Sureshkumar bt Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli & Niki Poonacha 3-6, 6-3, [10-8].

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Haryana’s Daulatabad Stadium to host Special Olympics events

Haryana Government on Sunday announced that the Daulatabad Stadium in Gurugram will host the Special Olympics Bharat events for the next 20 years.

Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organization for people with intellectual and physical disabilities, has been operating in India since 1987.

The organisation is also present in 172 countries and provides year-round training to over five million athletes.

The Daulatabad stadium will be utilised for regular training, the Haryana government added.

The stadium will accommodate 10 indoor and outdoor sports which include football, tennis, badminton, skating, and judo.


Nithya wins gold, Bhagat signs off with silver at 4 Nations Para Badminton International

India’s Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan won the women’s singles SH6 class, while world number one Pramod Bhagat finished runners-up in men’s singles SL3 in the 4 Nations Para Badminton International in Dublin, Ireland on Sunday.

Nithya beat Rachel Choong of England 21-14, 18-21, 21-7 in a 32-minute final, while Bhagat went down 17-21, 9-21 to England’s Daniel Bethell in the summit clash.

“I am disappointed with my performance, I tried everything possible but couldn’t Execute. Daniel was playing very well. This loss will motivate me to perform better in the upcoming tournaments,” Bhagat said in a release.

Mixed doubles pairing of Chirag Baretha and Mandeep Kaur also settled for silver after losing 14-21, 18-21 to France’s Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel in the finals of SL3-SU5 classification.


India bows out of FIBA Asia Cup after losing to Lebanon

The Indian men's basketball team suffered a huge defeat against Lebanon, its third consecutive in the competition, to end its campaign in the FIBA Asia Cup on a disappointing note here on Sunday.

India lost 63-104 in its final Group D match at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

Winless India finished last in the four-team group. The top team from each group advanced to the quarterfinals, while the second and third placed sides will feature in the playoffs.

India had earlier lost 47-100 against New Zealand before suffering a 59-101 defeat at the hands of Philippines.

India's best performance in the FIBA Asia Cup was a fourth-place finish in the 1975 edition.



Zouhaier Sghaier Ranking Series:  Antim clinches women’s 53kg gold medal

Nineteen-year-old Antim caused three upsets on her way to claim the women's 53kg gold medal on her senior international debut at the Zouhaier Sghaier Ranking Series wrestling tournament in Tunis, Tunisia.

World No. 1 Sarita Mor (59kg) won all her three round-robin matches – against Germany’s Elena Brugger (6-0), Canada’s Diana Weicker (10-0) and Tunisia’s Siwar Bouseta (14-4) – to pick up her second consecutive Ranking Series gold medal.

Antim, who got the Asian under-20 championships gold last week and had bagged Worlds under-17 bronze and Asian under-23 silver earlier, won five bouts – including her victories over Pan-Am champion Dominique Parrish of the USA (11-0), Olympian Luisa Valverde of Ecuador (4-2) and 55kg Pan-Am champion Karla Gonzalez of Canada (4-2) in the final.

Bipasha (72kg) managed a silver, while Manisha (65kg) bagged a bronze.

Deepak Nehra (97kg) also got a men’s freestyle bronze.

At least three Indian male freestyle wrestlers, including Udit (57kg), Sujeet (65kg) and Sagar Jaglan (75kg), were in the gold medal race on Sunday.



Madhavan creates new meet record in 1500m freestyle

Maharashtra's Vedaant Madhavan rewrote the national record in 1500m freestyle event for group I boys at the ongoing Junior National Aquatic Championships here on Sunday.

Leading the pack with good pace and an efficient stroke, Vedaant, son of actor R Madhavan, clocked 16:01.73 to erase his statemate Advait Page's 2017 record of 16:06.43 seconds.

Vedaant beat Karnataka's Amogh Anand Venkatesh (16:21.98 seconds) and Bengal's Shubhojeet Gupta (16:34.06), who won the silver and bronze medals respectively.

In the 400m freestyle for group II girls, Karnataka's Harshika Ramachandra created a new meet record with a time of 4:29.25 seconds, while statemate Rujula S finished 10s behind Harshika with a time of 4:39.53 seconds to settle for silver.

Harshika created another meet record in the 200m butterfly event. She eclipsed Apeksha Fernandes' three-year-old mark of 2:23.67 to win the gold.

Harshika clocked 2:23.20 seconds to finish ahead of Karnataka's Tanishi Gupta who clocked 2:28.54 seconds and Telangana's Mokshitha Addanki.

Another record was set in the 50m breast stroke event for girls group I as Mahrashtra's Apeksha Fernandes continued to shine, winning her second gold medal of the meet.

She clocked an impressive 33.49 seconds to win gold ahead of her statemate Zaara Jabbar who clocked 35.91 seconds.

At the end of day two, Karnataka led the medal tally with a total of 31 medals, followed by Maharashtra at 17 and Telangana at 8.  

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