Mangalorean Rigel Triumphs at Toyota IGU All India Junior Golf Championship

Mangalorean Rigel Triumphs at Toyota IGU All India Junior Golf Championship

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New Delhi, Jan 1: 15-year-old Rigel Fernandes from Mangalore, currently based at the IMG Academies in Florida, won the Toyota IGU All India Junior Golf Championship held at the Army Golf Course in New Delhi from December 27 to 30, 2011.

Rigel won the Category A (under 18 years) by a margin of 9 strokes over Satwik Jain of Army Golf Course, New Delhi by scoring a total of 254 over 4 rounds of 74, 75, 70 and 35 (9 holes). Satwik Jain had scores of 76, 75, 72 and 40 for a total of 263.

Rigel was also the overall winner in the A-B category over Viraj Madappa of Tollyganj Golf Club, Calcutta by 5 strokes. Viraj scored 77, 76, 70 and 36 for a total of 259.

The playing conditions were pretty tough in New Delhi with fog and bad light playing havoc all through the four days. The final day's play had to be reduced to 9 holes due to severe fog with very little visibility.

On the final day where play was delayed until 11:15 am, Rigel started as the leader after the third round with a 4 stroke lead over Viraj Madappa in the combined A-B categoy. He started in an excellent fashion with a birdie on hole no 1. Viraj pulled one back with a birdie on hole no 2 to Rigel’s par to keep him in contention. On the third hole, Rigel hit into the trees on the right side of the fairway and ended up with a bogie thereby reducing the overall lead to 3 strokes. After that it was safe game for both Rigel and Viraj resulting in pars until the 8th hole where the players started making their moves again. Rigel chipped his 3rd shot 10 feet from the hole for another birdie. Viraj however hit long and had to be content with a bogie thereby handing over a 5 shot lead to Rigel. The 9th hole being the last hole played resulted in a par for both players.

Last year, Rigel had won the Category B and was runner up in Category A in this tournament. This is the only tournament Rigel is able to play in India as he studies and trains at the IMG Academies in Florida, USA and can only come to India during his school break. This year was more challenging for Rigel as he had to go and pre-qualify for this tournament. The pre-qualification was held on the Qutub Golf Course in New Delhi. Rigel had never played in either of these courses earlier and hence he had to adapt to course quickly as part of his qualification. Considering that he was playing this course for the first time, his victory is even more commendable.

Overall, Rigel has had another good year winning several junior golf tournaments. He was runner up at the HJGT Tour Championship held at Championsgate, Orlando, Florida from December 10-11, 2011. He also qualified and played in the US Junior Amateur Golf Championship held at Bremerton, WA in July 2011.
Rigel is the younger son of Ivan and Renny Fernandes, of Ashoknagar parish in Mangalore. They have been residing in Dubai for the last many years.

The All India Junior Tournament is conducted by the Indian Golf Union is the premier junior golf tournament in India and is sponsored by Toyota Etios.

Leading scores: Boys (after 63 holes): Category A (15-17 years): 254: Rigel Fernandes (74, 75, 70, 35); 263: Satwik Jain (76, 75, 72, 40); 264: Honey Baisoya (74, 73, 78, 39); 266: Manpreet Mann (80, 77, 74, 35); 266: Abhishek Kuhar (76, 74, 78, 38);266: Saqib Ahmed (80, 76, 70, 40).
Category B (13-14): 259: Viraj Madappa (77, 76, 70, 36); 261: Piyush Sangwan (72, 79, 74, 36); 272: Feroze Singh Garewal (80, 74, 80, 38).


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  • Francis Mascarenhas & Fly, Al-ain

    Sat, Jan 07 2012

    Congratulations Rigel on your greatest achievement. God bless you always. Congratulations to Ivan, Renny and Reevan too.

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  • Rudalf Anitha Ruveeth & Rikeetha Pereira, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Jan 03 2012

    Congratulations dear Rigel on your wonderful achievement in Golf. We Mangaloreans are very proud of your success and may God bless you in all your future tournaments.

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  • Freddy Mendonca, Mudarangadi

    Mon, Jan 02 2012

    Thy Father, Thy Son. It is the proud Father with a vision brought up the children to lead the way to success and the children followed the footsteps of an entrepreneur, scientist, innovator Mr. Ivan Fernandes a Pride of the community he belongs. Hat's off to Rigel and Mr and Mrs Ivan Fernandes. One of the 4th Saturdays when we have our monthly meetings at Mumbai if Rigel could be in Mumbai we shall honour him on Dimensions platform for his ssuccess stories! Freddy Mendonca - Founder Dimensions and Chairman Entreprenet 2012

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  • Charles, Dubai

    Mon, Jan 02 2012

    Congratulations Rigel for a stupendous effort. Congrats to Ivan, Renee and Revan and for the sacrifices and constant support they have been providing to create a super star

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  • Bhavana-MIC, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 02 2012

    Congratulations, Rigel and best wishes for your future.

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  • Irene Rego, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 02 2012

    Dear Rigel,

    Congratulations on achieving another milestone. You have played wonderfully last year and may you continue to achieve many such milestones in the new year. May all the hard work and sacrifice your parents have put in, bring you and your family accolades for years to come. May you and your parents be an inspiration for the whole community. All the best and our prayers are with you. Regards,
    Irene Rego & family, Bangalore.

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  • joegonsalves, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 02 2012

    Rigel has created waves in U.S.A. and has now come to India to triumph in golf. This young and talented young man has indeed given a great account of himself. The credit goes also to the parents who have stood by him in all his endeavors. The father Ivan is a GO-GETTER and has been a prodigy in his own right. Ivan has legitimately got to be proud of his achievements. This trait of hard work has been imbibed by his son which greatly accounts for his success.

    Rigel - keep going - keep working at every game or job until you reach the top.

    Your dad's well wishers are with you as your supporters.

    Joe Gonsalves

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas

    Mon, Jan 02 2012

    Congratulations, Rigel and best wishes for your continued success in the New Year.

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    Mon, Jan 02 2012

    We have seen TIGER WOODS..!!

    Now its time to see KUDLA WOOD the champ Rigel..!! Good Luck and Congratulations.

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  • Austin Prabhu, Nantur/Chicago

    Sun, Jan 01 2012

    Congratulations to Rigel on your another great achievement in Golf. We Mangaloreans are very proud of your success and wish you all the best in the future. God bless you always. Happy New Year 2012.

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