Patna golfer in country’s top 4

Aman’s rank soars after Delhi performance

By Shuchismita Chakraborty in Patna
  • Published 30.10.18, 11:51 PM
  • Updated 30.10.18, 11:51 PM
  • a min read
Sultan of swing: Aman Raj in action at the Panasonic Open India, 2018, tournament in New Delhi. Telegraph picture

City lad Aman Raj, 23, now ranks fourth in the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) ranking.

Aman’s ranking has elevated from 12 to 4th in the PGTI ranking after finishing fifth in the Panasonic Open India, 2018, which concluded at Delhi Golf Club on Sunday.

Aman started playing professional golf tournaments in 2016. Last month, he won his career’s first professional golf tournament, the Jaipur Open, 2018. Earlier this month, he participated in the UMA CNS Open Golf Championship, Pakistan’s first Asian Tour event, in which he finished 18th.

Aman couldn’t be reached for comment as he was travelling to Chandigarh to participate in another tournament on Monday.

His mother, Ruma Sinha, said that his position (fifth) in the Panasonic Open India, 2018, was so far his best showing in the Asian tournament and the golfer was quite excited about it.

“Aman’s schedule has been very hectic these days. Today, also he left for taking part in another tournament to be held in Chandigarh. He will take part in the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational, 2018, which will be held from November 1-4 at Chandigarh Golf Club,” she said.

According to Aman’s family, right now the golfer is still in the struggling phase as whatever money he is earning is getting exhausted in playing the game. “Getting a sponsor for a golfer in India is a big deal due to which golfers here suffer. They have to arrange everything on their own,” Ruma said.

Aman’s father, Shashi Raj Sinha, is a certified coach with the National Golf Academy of India, Delhi. Ruma said Aman’s father always helps him whenever Aman feels there is something missing in his game.

Aman’s association with Patna Golf Club (which dates back to 1916 and East India company officials used to play golf over here) started at the age of three-and-a-half-years, said his mother.

“I had cut the golf club to suit little Aman,” she remembered. “He used to take it along with him when he used to visit Patna Golf Club with his father. Aman started playing national tournaments at the age of 9 in the junior D category. By the age of 12, he started playing in the C category.”