New Delhi, July 30: Mahreen Bhatia in Girls 14 and Kartik Singh in Boys 13 were once again the star performers for the Indian contingent as they were lying joint first and fourth respectively in their categories, at the US Kids World Teens Championships in Pinehurst  (USA). 

Mahreen rose to the top of the leaderboard in Girls 14 with another fine performance in the second round. The Gurgaon golfer, who was lying third after the first round, carded a second straight 3-under 69 to take a share of the lead with American Maria Isabella Errichetto (68-70).

Mahreen and Isabella are now 6-under for two rounds with one more to go.

In the Boys 13, Kartik Singh stayed on the road to a fine finish as he added 1-under 71 to his first round and moved to a total of 4-under 140 and was four shots behind overnight leader Thailand’s Ajalawich Anantasethakul (65-71). Canadian Joseph Totino (70-67) was second and American Rory Asselta (67-71) was third.

Two other Indians Vihaan Jain (76-74) and Arshvant Srivastava (80-73) were trailing further down in T-39 and T-65th places.

Lavanya Gupta (72-73) was still Tied-fifth in Girls 15-18 but only four behind the leader Laura Sofia Espinosa Gonzalez of Colombia, who rose eight places after a second-round card of 68 following a first round 73.

Mahreen and Kartik held the spotlight for the Indian team. Mahreen, who was second at the US Kids European Championships, birdied third, seventh, eighth and 15th and was 4-under at that stage without any bogeys. She dropped shots on 16 and 18 but birdied 17th in between to finish at 69. 

Kartik, winner of the FCG Callaway World Junior 2023 Championships, had five birdies against four bogeys in an action-packed round. He is fourth and four behind the leader.

In Boys 14, Ranveer Mitroo (74-73) improved three places and was now T-12 and the leader was American Aaron Didjunas (69-72). Tejas Mishra of India (76-76) was T-32 and Udai Aditya Middha (74-80) was T-46th.

In Boys 15-18 at Pinehurst No. 2 course, Ranveer Singh Dhupia (76-76) was T-55. In Girls 13, Asara Sawhney (83-79) improved to T-28 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club.

Ten Indians are playing in the US Kids Golf World Teen Championships and another 12 will tee up at US Kids Worlds for Boys and Girls six to 12 next week. Most have them have qualified through the Indian Local Tour or  the European Championships.

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