ADT: Emotional Chikka seals victory

Sat 01 Nov 2014

ADT: Emotional Chikka seals victory

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Bengaluru, India, November 1: India’s S. Chikka capped an emotional week by winning the inaugural US$70,000 TAKE Solutions India Masters with a final round five-under-par 67 on Saturday.
The Indian immediately dedicated his dramatic Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory which he won with a four-day total of 18-under-par 270 to his late grandfather who passed away last week.
Overnight leader Abhishek Jha of India uncharacteristically surrendered a six-shot lead and had to settle for second place after he closed with his week’s highest score of three-over-par 75 at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bengaluru.
Sweden’s Nils Floren took third place by carding a 67 for a 274 total while Ireland’s Niall Turner and India’s C. Muniyappa are tied for fourth after signing off with matching 275s at the first ADT event to be launched in India.
Victory was especially sweet for Chikka as he was out of sorts following the loss of his grandfather upon his return from Macau last week.
It took the sound advice of his family to finally ease the emotional burden which eventually left him with the right frame of mind to compete.
“This win is for my grandfather. I could not help but look up to the skies as I’m sure he was watching over me from above. When I came back to Bangalore this week, my mother and grandmother spoke to me and asked me to focus on my game.
They also told me that that is what my grandfather would’ve liked me to do had he been around. Their words really inspired me and I slowly got my confidence back,” said Chikka
Playing in the final group with Jha, Chikka birdied three and eight to turn in 34.
He continued his birdie blitz with another on 10 and with Jha struggling to hold on to his overnight lead, birdies on 15 and 17 ensured the 21-year-old would lay claim to the TAKE Solutions India Masters title.
“I took my chances well and I was really determined to close the gap on Jha as I was six shots behind. I put the pressure on him especially on the home stretch and it paid off. With this win on the ADT, I’m definitely looking for better things to come as I will continue to develop as a player and hopefully get more wins!” said Chikka.
Jha started the day perched atop the leaderboard with a commanding lead.
However that advantage was quickly reduced when he bogeyed on holes three and four. He got a brief reprieve when he birdied 10 but stumbled again with a bogey on 12 followed by a double-bogey six on 16.
Despite a birdie on 17, it was all too late as Chikka had already secured a two-shot advantage going into the closing hole which they both parred.
“I’m at a loss for words and I guess the nerves got the better of me. I didn’t play well at all today and just couldn’t cope with the final day pressure. On the brighter side, this is a lesson learnt and hopefully I’ll emerge stronger,” said Jha.
The launch of the TAKE Solutions India Masters has raised the 2014 ADT schedule to an unprecedented 21 tournaments, which includes 12 tournaments in Malaysia, three in Chinese Taipei, three in the Philippines and two in Indonesia.
The ADT was launched by the Asian Tour in 2010 with five tournaments and grew to 16 events in 2013, and currently stands at 21 events for the 2014 season. Since last year, all ADT events also receive Official World Golf Ranking points which is tremendous for the development of the game across the region.
Leading final round scores:
270- Chikka S (Ind) 64-70-69-67
272- Abhishek JHA (Ind) 66-66-65-75
274- Nils FLOREN (Swe) 71-62-74-67
275- C. Muniyappa (Ind) 69-68-72-66, Niall TURNER (Ire) 67-70-70-68
276- S.S.P CHOWRASIA (Ind) 74-68-69-65, R. MURTHY (Ind) 71-68-64-73
277- Pijit PETCHKASEM (Tha) 65-73-70-69
278- Khalin JOSHI (Ind) 67-69-71-71, Deepinder Singh Kullar (Ind) 67-69-71-71, M DHARMA (Ind) 67-71-69-71
279-  Shubhankar SHARMA (Ind) 70-71-71-67, Manav JAINI (Ind) 69-71-70- 69
About TAKE Solutions
TAKE Solutions, Ltd. [BSE: 532890 | NSE: TAKE] is premier Life Sciences (LS) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) technology company. TAKE provides cost effective and comprehensive solutions for enterprises across diverse sectors including pharmaceuticals, high technology, consumer packaged goods, oil/gas, and automotive. TAKE’s SCM product suiteincludes distinct technology with embedded IP that spans enterprise mobility, trading partnercollaboration, and material tracking. In the LS domain, TAKE offers IP-based software and extensiveknowledge-based solutions to enable efficient clinical, regulatory, safety and commercializationprocesses. TAKE has been recognized as a ‘Leader’ in IDC Health Insights’ “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Life Science Drug Safety Services 2013 Vendor Assessment”. TAKE’s global headquarters is in Chennai, India; its U.S. headquarters is located in Princeton, New Jersey. TAKE has a proven track record as atrusted partner in delivering world-class solutions to more than 400 customers worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.takesolutions.com.
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.