Indian hopefuls to feature alongside established stars and legends at TAKE Solutions Masters
Bengaluru, August 7: A big bunch of young hopefuls, numerous established stars and some Indian legends form a good chunk of the Indian challenge at the second edition of TAKE Solutions Masters that carries an enhanced prize purse this year. The four-day event gets underway at the lush and challenging Karnataka Golf Course (KGA) on Thursday, August 9.
Local Bengalurean Chikkarangappa S., who was in contention last year before ending 10th eventually, has some unfinished business at the TAKE Solutions Masters. The 24-year-old, currently 66th place on the Habitat for Humanity Standings for the Asian Tour, said, “I feel good coming back home to play this week. The KGA Golf Course is like my second home course, to be honest. I have played here a lot during my junior and amateur days and I have won all the events whenever I played there.”
He added, “I have a lot of good memories and confidence there. It’s a pretty long golf course. I think tee shots are important and putting will be the key. It’s going to be tricky so if you can read some good lines, you should be able to score.”
“Yet, it is always nice to be playing on home soil. Everyone comes out to support you, no matter young or old. It’s a great feeling when you play in front of your home crowd.”
Speaking of last year, he added, “Obviously, I had a bad stretch last year but somehow managed to get my card. The season is getting better. I have been consistent for the last couple of weeks. I am working on a few new things which are falling in place now.”
Udayan Mane and Khalin Joshi, playing in their hometown, will also be the ones to watch out, besides other young stars like Honey Baisoya and Viraj Madappa, who after graduating from the PGTI Indian Tour have steadily started making a place for themselves on the Asian Tour.
Khalin, who hit the spotlight with his runner-up finish behind winner Poom Saksansin of Thailand at the TAKE Solutions Masters last year, had a superb fifth place at Maybank Championships, where his friend and roommate Shubhankar Sharma emerged winner. Since then Sharma has moved to higher tours in Europe besides playing majors and WGC and Khalin is keen to follow his friend.
Mane, who is coached by Vijay Divecha, whose other wards include Anirban Lahiri and Chikka, is coming off a series of good showing on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) with a couple of Top-15 finishes in Malaysia and Bangladesh and he followed that up with a Tied-sixth on the Asian Tour in Indonesia. He was fourth last week in the Louis Phillipe Cup in Bangalore, an ADT event which was held at the Prestige Golfshire Club.