Rookie golfer wins Emerging Player of the Year award

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Spending time with fellow professional golfers at the Chandigarh Golf Association range is a habit that Abhijit Singh Chadha has followed right from the start of his career — something which senior golfer Jeev Milkha Singh also loves to do. The result of this learning attitude was there for all to witness on Monday when the 21-year-old golfer was awarded the Professional Golf Tour of India's Emerging Player of the Year title after he ended the season at an earning of Rs 17,93,478 in his debut season as a professional golfer. It was the fourth year in which PGTI gave the award and Chadha is the first Chandigarh golfer to claim the title.

"It feels great to win this award. It was my first season as a rookie and I am happy that I got this award. I had some good tournaments this year and my first win in Surya Nepal Masters earlier this year boosted my confidence a lot. I had some close finishes as well," he says, having finished eighth in the Mcleod Russel Tour Championship, which was the last tournament of the year.

The young golfer tasted his first success at the professional tour earlier this year in March when he lifted the Surya Nepal Masters title in Kathmandu. He had eight top-ten finishes this year and made the cut in 17 tournaments this season, which resulted in him accumulating more than Rs 17 lakh this season. He is now getting ready to take part in the Asian Tour Qualifying Tour event to be held in Malaysia from January 24 to 27.

"I still feel I could have won more titles this season. But the eight top-ten finishes this season has lifted my morale. The last tournament was a tough one but the eighth place came amid tough challenges. The Asian Tour Qualifying Tour will be held in January, and I am aiming to bag a place on Asian Tour. It will see the participation of Asia's top-ranked rookie golfers and it will be good to qualify," he says.

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