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Golfer Amandeep Drall clinches 15th leg of Hero women’s Professional Golf Tour

Delhi's Vani Kapoor and Kolkata's Neha Tripathi finished joint third with identical scores of 222 after the final round.

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Gurgaon, October 7, 2016: Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall carded one under 71 on the final day to win the 15th leg of the Hero women’s Professional golf Tour at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Friday.

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With the win, Amandeep claimed her fourth title of the season with a huge margin of seven strokes followed by rookie Gaurika Bishnoi, who carded two under 70 to finish second in the Rs 6,00,000 event.

Amandeep played yet another under par round to claim the title with a total score of 213 after 54 holes. She carded a bogey and birdie apiece on the fourth and fifth holes respectively, in her front nine.

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She dropped a shot on the 10th hole but regained her composure and carded birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to finish the round on top.

Gaurika, who finished fourth in the 14th leg, continued from where she left to secure her second place finish with a score of two under 70 on the final day.

She started impressively, carding a birdie on the very first hole and went on to card a birdie on the fourth hole, while dropping a shot on the sixth in her front nine. Her back nine followed a similar script, as she carded a bogey on the 14th hole and birdies on the 13th and 16th, finishing her day with a total score of 220.

Delhi’s Vani Kapoor and Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi finished joint third with identical scores of 222 after the final round.

Vani had an indifferent start, playing a birdie less front nine. She started with a bogey on the very first hole and carded a double on the sixth. She controlled the damage in her back nine, carding birdies on the 11th and 17th holes, while dropping shots on the 15th and 16th to finish with a score of three over 75.

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Neha would have hoped for a better start as she carded a bogey on the eighth hole along with a double on the fifth and a triple on the sixth. She also carded two birdies on the third and ninth holes in her front nine. She added two more birdies on the 10th and 11th holes while dropping shots on the 13th, 16th and 17th to finish with a score of five over 77.

Amateur Diksha Dagar carded two over 74 to take the fifth position while Pune’s Shweta Galande and Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma taking the sixth and seventh positions respectively. (IANS)

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393