Men’s golf team hopeful of strong showing in Jakarta

Last month’s Indone Sia Open was invaluable in terms of experience for the Asian Games-bound Indian men’s golf team. That Pondok Indah Golf Course and conditions over eight rounds, of practice.

Rathan Thomas, the highest-ranked amateur in the team at world No 22, said the key would be chipping around the greens.

“The rough is not friendly and once in, the ball sits, so we made some adjustments to the short game,” he said.

Other than tailoring the practice to suit the venue, course management was another point of focus as coach Amandeep Johl gave a few tips to Rohan, Harimohan Singh, Aadil Bedi and Kshitij Kaul. Barring Kshitij, the rest will be using the Take Solutions Masters at the Karnataka Golf Association to get better by testing their skills against the pros, but even when the four aren’t together, they have stayed in touch over social media and phone since the Asian Games trials in April.

“Familiarity and healthy competition have helped us bond,” said Aadil. That will be a plus when golf will be played at the Games between August 23-26.

There will a final camp at the Delhi Golf Club and DLF Golf and Country Club next week before the team leaves for Jakarta. A competition will be tough as Thai land, Korea, China and Japan can be expected to confident. “We have got better so gold isn’t out of reach,’ said Harimohan.



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