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Youth hits right spot in coveted German cup

- Aman Raj secures fourth position in Olching Golf Championship in Munich

Viral fever for a week couldnít prevent cityís young golfer Aman Raj from participating in the prestigious Olching Annual Golf Championship at Munich, Germany.

The 19-year-old from Patna not only participated in the championship but also managed to secure the fourth position in the event.

As many as 95 golfers from different countries participated in the championship that started on August 15.

Amanís father and also his coach Shashi Raj Sinha said it was a proud moment for his son as well as for him after Aman bagged the award abroad.

ďI am happy with Amanís performance in the tournament. Aman was down with viral for seven days but he decided to take part in the event. This is real courage. I wanted him to stay happy and finish the tournament. He couldnít practise properly and consistency is important for big events,Ē said Sinha.

On cloud nine, Aman too rejoiced his Germany feat.

ďItís one of my big achievements. So far, I had only played in Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia among other Asian nations. But this was the first time I participated in an European nation,Ē said Aman, a BBA first-year student at BN College.

So how did Germany come his way?

ďDelhi Golf Society selected Aman to take part in the championship after he won the Delhi NCR Cup Golf Tournament in March. It was decided that the winner of National Categorised Cup would get a chance to take part in the Olching championship.Ē

Amanís mother Madhulika Sinha said since childhood, her son showed signs of an avid golfer like his father.

ďAman started playing golf when he was three-and-a-half years. His father had made a golf club for him from his grannyís old stick. He loved playing with the club. During his school days, he made it a point to practise early morning. He is now a dedicated and professional golfer. He is serious about the game and loves it too,Ē the mother said.

But can Aman outperform his latest feat in events abroad?

ďIf he makes a little more effort to improve his physical fitness he can. I am Amanís father and his coach too. Itís very important for me to keep him grounded. I know itís very easy to get swayed away by success but I donít want this to happen to Aman. For international tournaments, itís very important to stay fit and mentally sound. Hope he continues to perform better and better in the coming days,Ē said the father.