Coimbatore: Patna golfer Aman Raj who just over a week ago dominated the field in the Tata Steel South Zone Qualifier Golf Tournament held at Cosmo-TNGF Golf Course in Chennai by beating his nearest rival by a margin of six strokes, once again made an impression by securing third place in the Tamil Nadu Open Amateur Golf Championship held between August 27 and 30 at Coimbatore.
For a total score of 284, Aman shot 70, 72, 70, and 72 to secure the second runner's up in a field that was shrunk to 54 players after the final cut out of 81 participants.
The title, however, was clinched by Delhi's Manu Gandas who trumped over Syed Saqib Ahmed of Bangalore in a playoff after both shot 280, or eight under, at the end of the fourth and final day of the tournament.
Aman, the 18-year old who recently joined B. N. College in Patna after finishing his high school from Kendriya Vidyalaya, was also honored with the Khel Samman Award on Thursday for representing India in international golf tournaments.
His father and coach Shashi Raj Sinha was at hand in Coimbatore to offer him some last-minute tips to prove his mettle.
With this tournament, Aman now moves on to the next challenge – the Tata Steel Southern India Amateur Golf Championship to be held between September 3 and 6 in Bangalore.