The atmosphere on Day 1 of the NCR Cup – 5th Junior Golf Tournament, organised by the Delhi Golf Society, was to be seen to be believed with players and parents in a state of excitement. The enthusiasm wasn’t for nothing as it was the hallowed Lodhi Course of the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) where the action was unfolding.
Going with the trend, the quality of golf dished out too was of high quality. Headlining the action on Wednesday was Ayaan Gupta in Category ‘A’ Boys. The Chandigarh lad played level par on the front-nine and looked set for a low score. However, the double bogey on the par-5 14th spoilt his card, and he finished with a 75.
Matching Ayaan’s effort was local talent Vedant Sirohi, a member of DGC’s Camp of Excellence (CoE). Vedant carded a 38 on the front nine and followed it with a 37 after making the turn. The knowhow of playing the Lodhi Course regularly came in handy for Hiransh Singh too, also a member of CoE. He was tied third at 4-over 76. He was followed by Himanshu Nagar, Manyaveer Bhadoo and Vikas Kumar at 78.
Vanya Bansal held a two-shot lead among ‘A’ Girls at 75, and was followed by Ceerat Kang (77). Mannat Brar and Hazel Chauhan shot identical 78s, but the former scored on account of a better back-nine.
Ranveer Mitroo’s was the best card of the day as he shot level-par to work up a healthy three-shot lead in ‘B’ Boys. The effectiveness of the club’s CoE programme was on show as Ranveer’s display was on the lines of Vedant and Hiransh’s strong start to the three-day event.
Shubham Kumar (75), Kartik Singh and Krish Chawla (78) made up the top three in this category.
Heenaz Khera shot an 8-over 80 to lead Category ‘B’ Girls by two shots. She was followed by Shreshtha Shukla and Anvvi Dahhiya at 82.
While action continues in ‘A’ and ‘B’ on Thursday, the junior categories will come into play with ‘C’, ‘D’ and ‘E’ teeing off at the adjoining 9-hole Peacock Course.