Omar, Yashal hope to make presence felt in US Junior Amateurs

Pakistan’s Omar Khalid (proper) and Yashal Shah pose with the US Junior Amateurs trophy right here at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on Sunday. — Press launch
  • A complete of 264 gamers from everywhere in the world will participate within the championship.
  • Solely 47 of gamers have earned exemption on foundation of their positions within the World Beginner Golf Rankings (WGAR).
  • Prestigious championship is to be held from July 25 to 30. 

KARACHI: Pakistan’s No.1 Omar Khalid and No.three Yashal Shah will characteristic within the 74th US Junior Beginner Championship, one of many greatest junior competitions in worldwide golf, on the world-famous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, United States.

It’s a uncommon event for Pakistani golf as Omar and Yashal earned exemptions to play within the prestigious championship to be held from July 25 to 30. 

A complete of 264 gamers from everywhere in the world will participate within the championship. Solely 47 of them have earned an exemption on the idea of their positions within the World Beginner Golf Rankings (WGAR), whereas the remaining received tickets to Bandon Dunes through qualifying rounds which occurred in numerous components of the US earlier this summer season.

Omar, who holds the document of being the youngest ever Nationwide Beginner champion of Pakistan, rose to a career-high No.294 on the earth rankings. He was ranked among the many top-ten gamers on the earth aged 17 or youthful. Other than profitable the 2021 Nationwide Amateurs at age 16, Omar has claimed various main titles together with Pakistan Open (novice winner), CAS Open, DHA Open, Governor’s Cup and Faldo Sequence Pakistan. He’s additionally the youngest ever participant to grow to be Pakistan No.1.

Final month, he took half within the prestigious British Amateurs at Royal Lytham and St Annes after incomes an exemption and likewise performed within the British Open Regional Qualifiers in London.

Alternatively, the gifted Yashal has additionally achieved lots of success on the nationwide degree profitable the CNS Open and Sindh Amateurs. Not too long ago, he took half within the Egyptian Amateurs and completed fifth with a sequence of outstanding rounds. He was in rivalry for the title until the ultimate spherical. He’s presently ranked No. 503 in WAGR.

Each the Pakistani youngsters, who’ve been sponsored by Engro Company, have confirmed their mettle at residence however the windy and difficult Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails programs would offer an enormous problem for them.

High gamers from 25 nations will probably be competing within the US Amateurs. Following is the checklist of gamers representing every nation: USA (206), Canada (14), Individuals’s Republic of China (6), Australia (5), Mexico (5), Chinese language Taipei (2), Costa Rica (2), Ecuador (2), Germany (2), India (2), New Zealand (2), Pakistan (2), Thailand (2), Bulgaria (1), Cayman Islands (1), Guatemala (1), Norway (1), Paraguay (1), Peru (1), Republic of Korea (1), Singapore (1), South Africa (1), Spain (1), United Arab Emirates (1), Venezuela (1).

The legendary Tiger Woods is one among three golfers who’ve received the US Junior Beginner after which went on to win the US Open. Woods received the Junior Beginner in 1991, 1992 and 1993 and received the US Open in 2000, 2002 and 2008. Johnny Miller received the Junior Beginner in 1964 and adopted up with a US Open win in 1973. Extra just lately, Jordan Spieth received Junior Beginner titles in 2009 and 2011 and adopted up with a US Open victory in 2015.

USA’s Nick Dunlap, the 2021 US Junior Beginner champion, will probably be seeking to defend his title within the championship.

A discipline of 264 golfers will compete within the stroke-play competitors on Monday and Tuesday. The highest 64 will advance to the match-play competitors which is able to start on Wednesday and conclude on Saturday with a 36-hole match between the finalists.

The stroke play will probably be break up between the Bandon Dunes and the Bandon Trails programs, with the entire match play going down at Bandon Dunes. The semifinals and last could be proven stay on Golf Channel. The winner of the championship will earn an exemption into the 2023 US Open to be performed on the Los Angeles Nation Membership. He will even earn an exemption for the following two US Amateurs.

A high official of the USA Golf Affiliation (USGA) believes Bandon Dunes would offer an enormous problem to the collaborating gamers.

“We would like Bandon Dunes to be Bandon Dunes after we come right here in July,” mentioned Greg Sanfilippo, the director of the US Junior Beginner and the Senior Beginner Championships. “We won’t deviate from the great check (that the USGA all the time strives for), however actually, Bandon will present what we’re in search of organically: the wind, the rolling terrain, the bottom recreation, the shot kind, the rain, the risk-reward, a number of teeing grounds, drivable par-Four issues, turf firmness and fog.”

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