CHANDIGARH, India (Jan. 22, 2012) -- Angad Cheema got one of his best birthday presents, picking up the biggest title of his amateur career by winning the All India Amateur Golf Championship here Sunday.
Cheema beat the experienced Gagan Verma 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final at the Chandigarh Golf Club here.
The match was well-contested till the closing stages when Angad seemed to pack in a little more power and moved ahead.
As the match wore on, Angad found his form and rhythm. For Verma, who has won numerous titles in other events, was once again thwarted at the flagship event.
Angad, who turns 22 next week, began a little shakily and fell back three holes within the first five, as Verma came out full guns blazing. Angad, who recently won the RCGC Cup, recovered his poise and won back the sixth and seventh holes to reduce the lead to just one. Verma won the eighth and made 2-up. But Angad again hit back and by the time the first 18 holes were over, he had moved 1-up. From there on despite Verma giving a great fight, Angad kept his nose slightly ahead.
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