Kolkata: Rising golfer Gurbani Singh underlined her status as the top amateur in the country as she regained the Usha All India Ladies Matchplay title after a gap of three years.
Three years after she became the youngest to win the All India Ladies title, Gurbani won the National Championships a second time on Sunday.
Gurbani, now 16, outplayed Gursimar Badwal in the final that was to be played over 36 holes, but ended in just 27. Gurbani emerged a victor by 10&9.
The win in the Usha All India Ladies Championship capped a wonderful season for Gurbani, who won four titles during the year. She won the Usha Southern India and Usha Western India titles besides the Usha West Bengal Ladies Open, during which she carded a record-breaking six-under 64.
The Trophy for the Championships, which was being held for the 96th time, was given away by Indian women's boxing legend and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom.
Having beaten her arch-rival Aditi Ashok in the semi-finals, Gurbani was heavily favoured, but even then Gursimar was expected to put up a closer fight.
"Winning the Usha All India title is always a matter of great pride and I am so proud to have done it a second time," said Gurbani, one of the most successful amateur players in India.
The highest ranked Indian woman in world amateur rankings and the only one inside top-100, Gurbani played the 2010 Asian Games and was the playing captain of the first Indian team at the Espirito Santo, the Women's World Amateur Team golf championships.


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