Sunday, January 17, 2016
Chikkarangappa & Shubhankar Sharma earn Asian Tour cards for 2016
Finish tied 11th and tied 25th respectively at Final Stage
Hua Hin, Thailand, January 16, 2016: The Indian duo of Chikkarangappa S and Shubhankar Sharma earned their Asian Tour cards for 2016 after they finished tied 11th and tied 25th respectively at the Asian Tour Q School Final Stage. The top 41 players in the field secured their cards on the Asian Tour.
Chikkarangappa (67-64-72-73), the 2015 Rolex Ranking champion, was the joint leader after round three, but he ended the week in tied 11th after his final round of two-over-73 that took his total to eight-under-276. Chikka thus finished five strokes behind the winner Yikeun Chang of Korea.
The 22-year-old Chikka, who was 73rd in the 2015 Asian Tour Order of Merit, has now fought his way back onto the Asian Tour.
Nineteen-year-old Shubhankar Sharma (68-69-71-72), a winner on the PGTI, secured his maiden Asian Tour card after firing a final round of one-over-72 that placed him tied 25th at four-under-280.
The cut for the Asian Tour qualification was the top-40 and ties but 41 players eventually made it as seven players were tied for 35th at three-under-281.
Among the other Indians in the fray, Honey Baisoya posted a brilliant 67 in the final round but fell short of the qualifying mark of three-under-281 by just two shots. He finished tied 49th.
Manu Gandas shot 69, but he too occupied tied 49th at one-under-283 and as a result missed out on his card.
Kalinga Lancers & Uttar Pradesh Wizards all set to start the 4th Coal India Hockey India League 2016
17th January, 2016; Bhubaneshwar: Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of the state of Odisha, is all set to host the opening match of the 4th Coal India Hockey India League between the home favourites Kalinga Lancers and Uttar Pradesh Wizards. The six team annual franchise based hockey league, the flagship event of Hockey India - the apex body governing the sport in the country and sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) is scheduled to be played across six venues in India from 18th January - 21st February 2016.
Uttar Pradesh Wizards, led by star drag flicker VR Raghunath will take on hosts Kalinga Lancers led by Star German midfielder Moritz Fuerste in the opening match tomorrow at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar. Both the teams have been training hard to ensure the best results. Kalinga Lancers, under the coaching of star Australian Mark Hager have been putting in extra efforts to give a lot to rejoice for the local audience. The ex-Olympian is lending his services as a coach for the first time in the Coal India Hockey India League. The team has been playing practice matches against local teams and all the players seem to be in great comfort playing with each other.
Ahead of the important clash, Mark Hager, Head Coach, Kalinga Lancers said, “We have a good team and the boys over the last one week have really gelled in well, which adds to our advantage. Having said that we cannot under estimate the opponents specially when their team consists of experienced national and international stars. We are working hard and are hopeful that will leave a big smile for our fans in Bhubaneswar post our game tomorrow.”
The Uttar Pradesh Wizards who have been in Bhubaneswar for the last three days look to be in great shape without any major injury scares. The UP Wizards consists of stalwarts like Jamie Dwyer from Australia and star internationals like Tobias Hauke from Germany, Gonzalo Peillat from Argentina along with acclaimed Indians like PR Sreejesh, Akashdeep Singh and Captain VR Raghunath. This year would also mark the debut season of Roger Van Gent as the Head Coach of the UP Wizards.
“We are working hard and are not leaving any stones unturned to see a bright start to our campaign. The boys seem to be in great shape and are comfortable playing with each other. There are no injury concerns within the team and this will allow us to test new combinations, “said Roger Van Gent, Head Coach, Uttar Pradesh Wizards.
The Kalinga stadium which will be the host to the opener has a capacity of 8000 and is ready to witness a full house on the opening day.
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