American Aman Gupta, one of many brightest abilities in US collegiate golf system who’s presently ranked 72nd within the World Newbie Golf Rating (WAGR), has determined to pursue his profession whereas taking part in beneath the Indian flag.
The 22-year-old Aman Gupta is a part of the primary staff at Oklahoma State College, one of the crucial profitable groups within the historical past of US school golf & boasting of such alumni as Victor Hovland, Peter Uihlein, Rickie Fowler, and Matthew Wolff.
Born in Easly in South Carolina, Aman Gupta is an American, but he had an Abroad Citizenship of India (OCI) card, which gave him a great chance to play under the Indian Flag. His father, Kapil, hails from Amritsar and his mom Aradhana is from Mumbai.
A semi-finalist on the 2020 US Newbie Championship, Aman Gupta is presently within the closing yr at OSU and plans to show skilled in the direction of the center of subsequent yr.
Talking completely to IANS, Aman Gupta stated: “I had not identified till not too long ago that I used to be eligible to characterize India. It was only the thing I do all the time needed. I really like the US and hope to have the ability to characterize them in the future as nicely, however my roots are in India and I might be dissatisfied if I by no means acquired the possibility to characterize the nation meaning a lot to my household.”
Aman Gupta stated the sensational run by Aditi Ashok on the Tokyo Olympics, and the response it evoked in India, additionally performed a task in his resolution.
“I began considering on this a few weeks in the past. I’ll say her run was part of it… it was inspiring to see. However to have the ability to characterize India, I’ve all the time thought it could be a extremely cool factor to have the ability to do,” he added.
Gupta is hoping to characterize India on the upcoming Asia-Pacific Newbie Championship (AAC), which shall be performed within the first week of November on the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Membership. The AAC is a premier novice match for the area, with the winner getting invites to play within the Masters and the Open Championship subsequent yr.
“I hope I can get into the Asia-Pacific Newbie Championship. It will be a tremendous honour to characterize India as its highest-ranked participant. And naturally, Olympics is one other occasion that I’d like to be part of,” he added.
Gupta final visited India almost seven years in the past, and is keen to return and go to his family members quickly.
“The previous few years have been very busy for me between my college, school and taking part in tournaments. However I do wish to return to India. I’ve some unforgettable reminiscences, and I positively wish to relive just a few of them once more,” stated Aman Gupta, who enjoys Indian meals — particularly paneer dishes — and charges ‘Singh is King’ as his favorite Bollywood film.