Chikka on course to defending All India amateur golf title

Updated: Feb 04, 2011, 21:29 PM IST

Bangalore: Defending champion S
Chikkarangappa stayed on course to defend his All India
Amateur Golf championships title as he raised his game at
crucial moments to enter the semi-finals of the event here at
the Karnataka Golf Association course.

Three locals boys -- Pritam Haridas and Udayan Manemade,
apart from Chikka -- made it to the last four stage, while N
Thangaraja of Sri Lanka qualified as the fourth candidate.

On what is generally the toughest day when two rounds are
played, Chikka won both his matches comprehensively.

Chikka, who came through as only tied sixth in
strokeplay, demolished Rahul Ravi with four holes to play, at
which stage he was six-up.

In the semis, Chikka will meet Thangaraja and Pritam
Haridas will meet Udayan Mane.

Thangaraja stands between the Bangalore threesome and the
All India title.

In the women`s section, Gauri Monga looked very
impressive with a 7 and 6 win over Tavleen Batra, while
defending champion Shreya Ghei beat Amrita Sharma 2 and 1.
Monga takes on Aditi Ashok, who beat Amandeep Drall 4 and 3
and Shreya meets Gurbani Singh, who beat Millie Saroha 3 and

Pritam Haridas, who is coached by Rahul Ganapathy and is
now the head pro at the KGA, beat Aditya Bhandarkar 4 and 3 in
pre-quarters and then scored an equally fine win in quarters
over giant-killer, Saqib Ahmed 3 and 2.

Like Chikka, who is coached by Vijay Divecha at the
Touche Golf Academy, another Divecha ward, Udayan Mane, also
made the semi-finals.

Mane beat Samaresh Sardar one-up on 18th in pre-quarters
and then N Thangaraja of Sri Lanka could put a spanner in
Indian hopes, as he beat Raghav Wahi on the 19th in the

Earlier Thangaraja beat Mohd Nazim of Bangladesh 3&1 in