Chandigarh golfer Jaskirath claims ladies’ title in BMW Golf Cup

Riding high on her fine putting, Chandigarh golfer Jaskirath Matharoo claimed the ladies title in the National Finals of the BMW Golf Cup International held in Hyderabad on Tuesday. It was day of delight for the young golfer from Chandigarh as she pipped other golfers from the country to claim the national title. With this win, Matharoo has got a chance to represent India at the World Finals of the BMW Golf Cup International Tournament to be held in South Africa from March 4 to 9 next year.

"It feels good to win the title in the ladies category in the tournament. I was playing well and my putting was good. I am happy that I got a chance to play in the World Finals to be held in South Africa next year. The event is in March next year and I hope to do well in the tournament," shared Matharoo. The event saw amateur golfers from nine cities across India competing in the stableford format and Matharoo emerged triumphant with 38 stableford ponts. Mukta Malhotra of Delhi claimed the second spot with 35 stableford points while Jayanthi Ravi of Bengaluru claimed the third spot with 34 stableford points. The city leg of the tournament was played in Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru and winners of the city legs competed in the finals.

Sharmila grabs LET card

New Delhi : Indian golfer Sharmila Nicollet returned to the Ladies European Tour with a consistent display that saw her finish the five-round Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Stage in tied 17th place as top-30 and ties won their LET card for 2013. Sharmila finished the week at nine-under and managed par or sub-par rounds in each of the five rounds. The Indian golfer finished her final round in even par 72, just as she had in the fourth round. Her scores in the five rounds were 68, 70, 69, 72, 72 for a total of nine-under 351. Another Indian Smriti Mehra, who missed the cut in the Final Stage, will get three starts as the top player on Hero Order of Merit for 2012. Thailand's 17-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn secured her LET Ladies European Tour card in impressive style by winning the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Stage by five shots from England's Emily Taylor and Australian Nikki Campbell. The 17-year-old who is still an amateur shot a three under par 69 in the fifth and final round to end on a total of 336, 24 under par. Sharmila was ecstatic about her qualification. She said, "I'm just overwhelmed right now with excitement. Last year, I qualified and this year being the only Indian, I'm quite upset that there are not many other Indians that qualified, I wanted a whole group to be in, but I'm super-happy that I managed to get in." "I didn't play to my expectations today or yesterday but the good thing is I didn't shoot any over par rounds. That was a goal: to stay under par. I think I accomplished that: I kept my card and I'm all set to get to as many events as possible next year."

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