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Indian Golfer Smriti Mehra clinches her Maiden Hero Womens Professional Golf Tour Title in Lucknow

Kolkata's Smriti started impressively, carding a bogey-free front nine with birdies on the first, third and eighth holes

Indian golfer Smriti Mehra. Wikimedia

Lucknow, November 27, 2016: Indian golfer Smriti Mehra played an inspired round of four under 66 on the final day to clinch her maiden Hero womens Professional Golf Tour title at the Palms Golf Club and Resort here on Saturday.

Delhi’s golfer Vani Kapoor finished runner-up with a score of one over 71, followed by Gursimar Badwal in third place.

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Kolkata’s Smriti started impressively, carding a bogey-free front nine with birdies on the first, third and eighth holes.

In her back nine, she dropped a shot on the 10th hole and carded a double on the 15th. She quickly regained her composure and carded an eagle on the 16th hole followed by birdies on the 17th and 18th to claim her maiden title of the current season with a total score of 208 after 54 holes.

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Vani also had a good start, carding a bogey free front nine with birdies on the second and eighth holes. However, she could not sustain the momentum in her back nine and carded bogeys on the 11th,12th and 14th with a double on the 15th.

Birdies on the 13th and 18th holes helped her to salvage the situation and she finished the day at one over 71.

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She took the second position with a total score of 214, one shot clear of Gursimar Badwal.

Kapurthala’s Gursimar finished with an even par round on the final day with a total score of 215 to finish in third position.

Her round was a mixed bag, with birdies on the seventh, eighth and 16th holes, and bogeys on the third, sixth and 15th. (IANS)

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  • Ruchika Kumari

    Congratulations Smriti Mahra

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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