Lahiri nominated for Arjuna Award

Thu 14 Aug 2014

Lahiri nominated for Arjuna Award

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New Delhi, August 14: India's Anirban Lahiri, four-time Asian Tour winner, has been nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award which is the second highest sporting honour in India.
The panel, headed by former Indian cricket captian Kapil Dev , has picked Lahiri, who is the highest-ranked golfer in India, together with 14 other sportsmen for the award.
Lahiri will become the 18th golfer to be conferred the Arjuna Award which will be presented by the President of India at the ceremony to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi later this month.
The 27-year-old celebrated his fourth Asian Tour victory at the 2014 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters when he holed a crucial eagle on the last to win his first title outside of India.
He currently leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$245,910 following one victory and three top-10 finishes.
Lahiri also managed to break into the top-100 on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) after his win in Indonesia.
He was ranked 67th but moved up to his career-best of 65th place after finishing tied-sixth at The Championship at Laguna National in Singapore the week after.
Lahiri ended the 2013 season in third place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. That finish earned him a place at  the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM which was held in Malaysia in March this year.
Lahiri, together with Gaganjeet Bhullar, winner of the Arjuna Award in 2013, played a key role in Team Asia’s comeback on the final day where they eventually shared the EurAsia Cup with Team Europe.
Padamjit Sandhu, Director of PGTI, said: “We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Anirban Lahiri for being conferred the prestigious Arjuna Award. Lahiri’s talent and perseverance have helped him emerge as one of the top professionals in Asia.
“The award is a true recognition of his accomplishments. The PGTI’s efforts in creating maximum playing opportunities in India have contributed towards our golfers’ success on the highly competitive international tours. We wish him the very best for the future.”
Arjun Atwal, the first Indian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2003, won the Arjuna award back in 2007.
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