Monday, November 29, 1999

Chikka emerges overall champion, India end runners-up

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Bangalore, May 16 (PTI) Chikkarangappa won the Asian Pacific Junior Golf Championship after firing a splendid final round of four-under 68 as India ended runners-up in the team event at the Eagleton Golf Resort, here today. In his six-stroke win, Chikka totalled 16-under 272 for the tournament while Taipei''s Teng Kao finished second and further one stroke back was Poom Saksanin. Notwithstanding Chikka''s super show, India had to be content with second place finish in the team event, as Thailandmade up of Nattawat Suwajanakorn, Pariwat Pinasawat, Rattanon Wannasrichan and Poom Saksansin--pocketed the trophy by a comfortable margin of 11 shots. Starting with a three-shot lead, the 16-year-old Chikka got his first birdie on the par-4 fourth hole and went on to add one more birdie on the par-5 sixth and another one on the par-4 eighth. The Bangalore lad dropped a shot on the par-4 10th but it didn''t set off any alarm bells as he bounced back with birdies on the 13th and 16th to march towards a comfortable win. "It is just wonderful to win this title. To miss out on the team championship was disappointing but I played very well today and bettered my best ever four-day total by three shots," he said after winning the trophy. "Now that I have won this tournament, I really want to play well enough to make it to the Indian team for the Asian Games and hopefully win a Gold medal for the country." PTI AT.

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