Shillong, Oct 31: Samridh Sen’s final round four over 74 proved good enough for the Kolkatan to hold off a determined challenge from Abhishek Mitra to win the Shillong Amateur Open 2021, which concluded at the picturesque Shillong Golf Course, by just one stroke today.
With everyone’s attention on the last day of the event, stakes were at an all-time high as the event was successful in gathering the highest number of golfers in this season of the Indian Golf Union’s Eastern India Amateur Golf Feeder Tour. A nerve jangling final round was exactly what was needed to close out a tournament of such high stature. Sen and Mitra’s final round duel ensured a fitting end to an eventful weekend.
Mitra made a brave final day charge but his three over 73, which was incidentally the lowest anyone could card today, was just a stroke too much to force a playoff. Nevertheless, his valiant effort got him the sole second spot in the amateur category and made him the outright winner in the mid-amateur division.
Shillong’s Gaurav Bajaj, one of the most prominent faces in the country’s golfing fraternity finished third in amateur, while taking home the runner-up prize in mid-amateur thanks to his final round four over 74.
One of the oldest golfers in the field, Hector Marwein, did something exemplary today, with his final round three over 73 not only being the lowest score of the day but it also earned him victory in two categories, senior and super senior, a combination that is sure to encourage a lot of older golfers to start competing at a high level. Benu Malakar came second in the senior division, scoring 81 in the final round while Anil Pargal’s 79 was good enough for a second place finish in the super senior category. The ladies division was won by K Brahma while Jyoti Agarwal finished second.
(Meghalaya Golf Promoters Society photo)