| Aman Raj (centre) with other golfers at Golf Club, Olching, in Germany. Telegraph picture |
Viral fever for a week couldn’t prevent city’s 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.
Aman’s 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.
“I am happy with Aman’s 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 couldn’t practise properly and consistency is important for big events,” said Sinha.
On cloud nine, Aman too rejoiced his Germany feat.
“It’s 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,” said Aman, a BBA first-year student at BN College.
So how did Germany come his way?
“Delhi 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.”
Aman’s mother Madhulika Sinha said since childhood, her son showed signs of an avid golfer like his father.
“Aman started playing golf when he was three-and-a-half years. His father had made a golf club for him from his granny’s 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,” the mother said.
But can Aman outperform his latest feat in events abroad?
“If he makes a little more effort to improve his physical fitness he can. I am Aman’s father and his coach too. It’s very important for me to keep him grounded. I know it’s very easy to get swayed away by success but I don’t want this to happen to Aman. For international tournaments, it’s very important to stay fit and mentally sound. Hope he continues to perform better and better in the coming days,” said the father.