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Scripting history by hallmarking India’s name in the US Kids Golf World Championship, Indian Junior Golfers bagged 11 medals, including 4 Gold, at the US Kids Golf World Championship in Malaysia.
Former cricketer Nikhil Chopra with Arjun Bhati
India’s winners included 14-year-old Arjun Bhati, who has been raking accolades for his outstanding performance. He won the top spot in the boys’ 13-14 group. Dubai-based Aarnav Nath won Gold in boys-12 followed by Gurnavjeet Singh Bhatia (boys-11) and Kartik Singh (boys-8).
Arjun Bhati till now has played 136 events and won 106 of them. When 4moles.com got up close and personal with him for a brief and exclusive interaction, he quipped, “I am happy the way my career is shaping up. I would really love to win a Gold medal for India in the Olympics. That’s my dream.”
Among the other medallists was the chip of the old block Harjai Milkha Singh, son of India’s most famous golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, who caddied for his young son.
Jeev wrote on Twitter: "This has to be a highlight of my year! Feel so proud of my son Harjai as he finished third in the Kids Golf World Championship in Malaysia today. His love for the sport is infectious. Hope he appreciates the experience of his caddie!! @uskidsgolf"
Harjai was third in his category for Boys-8 years.
The competitions started from Under-7 and went right up to the age group of 15-16 for both boys and girls.
The silver medalists included Vibhu Tyagi (boys 15-18); Lavanya Gupta (girls-11) and Arshvant Srivastava, earlier a medallist at US Kids Europe in boys-9. The bronze medallists were Harbin Kaur Jawanda (girls 13-14); Jujhar Singh (boys-12); and Samaira Tomar (girls-9).
At least seven other Indians youngsters missed out on the medals narrowly as they finished fourth in their categories. They are Sifat Sayal (Girls 13-14); Riya Yadav (Girls 15-18); Jot Prakash Singh (Boys 15-18); Armaan Adesh Gawde (Boys-9); Manila-based Bhuvas Nagpal (Boys-11); Noida’s Zara Anand (Girls-10) and Parnika Sharma (Girls-9).
(With inputs from PTI)