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Gurbani is the winner

Olympic bronze-medallist MC Mary Kom hands over the winner’s trophy to Gurbani Singh, at the Tollygunge Club, on Sunday. A Telegraph picture

Calcutta: Gurbani Singh underlined her status as the top amateur in the country when she won the All India Ladies Matchplay title at the Tollygunge Club on Sunday. This is the second time that she has won the national nhampionships.

“Winning the title is always a matter of great pride and I am so proud to have done it a second time,” said Gurbani.

She outplayed Gursimar Badwal 10&9 in the final that was supposed to be played over 36 holes, but ended in just 27.

Gurbani began the final in a whirlwind manner, winning the second, third, fifth and sixth to go 4-up but Gursimar managed to halve the next four holes before winning her first on 11th. The lead was now cut to three, but Gurbani once again stepped up the momentum to move five-up after the first 18 holes.

In the second session, Gurbani displayed brilliant skills to go 10-up with 10 holes to go. Gursimar had to win each of the remaining 10 holes to draw level. However, Gurbani registered her victory after the ninth hole was being halved.

The win in the competition capped a wonderful season for Gurbani, who won four titles.

Olympic bronze-medallist MC Mary Kom handed over the trophy to Gurbani.