Honey Baisoya is the youngest winner

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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 26.12.11
Honey Baisoya, with the trophy, on Sunday. A Telegraph picture

Calcutta: Honey Baisoya, the 15-year old Delhi teenager, became the youngest winner of the Goodricke East India Amateur Golf Championship, defeating S. Chikkarangappa, at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club on Sunday.

Baisoya wrapped up the match on the 34th green to win 3 and 2. Both of them played two rounds of 36 holes as it was the final day of the tournament.

Baisoya started on a positive note after making birdies on 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th, 12th and 15th in the first round of 18 holes where both Baisoya and Chikkarangappa halved 11 holes. Though, Chikkarangappa won 3 matches on 7th, 11th and 14th, Baisoya was 2-up after the first round.

In the second round too, Baisoya got off to a better start. He took the early lead after hitting a birdie on the 1st to go 3-up where Chikkarangappa’s second shot went 10 yards off the green and he made a par.

Chikkarangappa hit his tee shot on the left green on 2nd and made a safe par while Baisoya double putted hole for a bogey to go one-down for 2-up. Both of them hit the center fairway on the 3rd and then Chikkarangappa’s second shot reached the edge of the green for another safe par while Baisoya made a 1-footer bogey to remain 1-up.

After halving 4th, Chikkarangappa hit his tee shot next to the bunker on 5th and Honey made the par to go 2-up after hitting few ups and downs. Both of them halved sixth and then Baisoya won seventh and eighth after making both pars to go 4-up.

An aggressive Chikkarangappa kept giving a tough competition after halving ninth, 10th 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and also by making a long awaited birdie on the 15th where Baisoya’s putt lipped out to go one-down again to maintain 3-up.

By the time they reached 16th, a tired Chikkarangappa hit the centre fairway but his bad luck couldn’t get him a birdie while Baisoya got the advantage of a birdie on the 16th to seal the victory.

A delighted Baisoya said, “I was very nervous throughout the round but now, I feel like I am on the cloud nine. I can’t show so much excitement as my dad and I wanted to be at least 10-up in the first round but could only come up with 3 and 2.

“There is no doubt that I can’t express my feelings of winning my first amateur title from the no. 1 amateur of the country.”