Chandigarh golfer Feroz Singh Garewal slipped to second spot with a score of 1-over 73 in the second round of the Indian Golf Union Haryana Junior golf Championship being played at Golden Greens Golf Club,Gurgaon on Wednesday.
Piyush Sangwan shot a brilliant round of 4-under 68 to take the sole lead at the end of the second round. Piyush added a 68 to his overnight 76 to be level par 144 for the tournament and was leading by a shot from overnight joint-leader Feroz Singh Garewal who shot a 1-over 73. Kartikey Vashist was tied for the third place along with Shubham Narain at 147.
Manu Gandas occupied the fifth position at 148 while Pukhraj Singh Gill was sixth at 149 with the tournament favourite Viraj Madappa lying in the seventh spot at 152. Chandigarh golfer Jairaj Singh Sandhu was sharing the eighth spot with Veer Ahlawat with a score of 4-over 76 on the second day.
In Category B,it was Karan Sharma who hit the front at 154. As many as three players Kartik Sharma,Vignesh Thakur and Jaiveer Singh were tied for the second place at 156. Arjun Puri was fifth at 158. Piyush a 10 th tee starter,began in great style with an eagle on the par-5 11 th . A bogey on the 12 th and 16 th was followed by a birdie on the 18th hole.
Having learnt his mistakes,the 15-year-old went about clinically in his back nine opening with a birdie and playing some steady golf. He went on to make two more birdies on the sixth and his finishing hole without any errors to submit a card of 68. I am happy with my round. Both my hitting and putting was good, said the leader who had won the Northern India amateur last month.
Mann opens up three-point lead
Chandigarh’s Gurbaaz Mann followed up his first round effort of 41 points with a brilliant 44 in round two to open up a three-point lead at the halfway stage of the PGTI Players Championship at the Classic Golf Resort in Mewat,Haryana. Mann’s total stands at 85 points after round two.
His nearest challenger is Gurgaon-based amateur Aienesh Ahluwalia with 82 points. The stableford points scoring format is being followed in the tournament. Under this scoring format,each par accounts for two points,each birdie for three points,each eagle for four points,each bogey for one point and each double bogey (or worse) for zero points.
Gurbaaz Mann’s fantastic bogey-free round of eight-under-64 earned him 44 points on day two. The 30-year-old was in excellent hitting form and drove two par-4 greens – the 12 th and 15 th – to set up birdies. The strapping six-footer landed his chip within a few inches for birdie on the 18 th . Gurbaaz’s other two birdies on the back nine came on the 10 th and 14 th . He then picked up three more birdies on the front nine (sixth,eighth and ninth) thanks to his flawless hitting. Mann,who has a professional win to his credit,sank a 10-footer for birdie on the eighth.
Mann said,”My ball-striking has been great this week even though my putting has been patchy. I’ve just dropped one bogey in the first two rounds. I’m encouraged by the fact that I’ve done well at this course in the past,having shot a round of 12-under once. With the way I’m striking the ball at the moment,the conditions are conducive for me to shoot low numbers. I have no scores in mind but will play each shot on merit over the next two days. However,I’ll have to take into account the wind which generally switches direction midway through the day at this course.”
Aienesh Ahluwalia (41-41),an amateur from the neighbouring district of Gurgaon,currently occupies second position with a total score of 82 points. Round one leader Ashok Kumar is placed third with a total of 81. The cut was declared at 72 points. Sixty-three professionals and two amateurs made the cut.
Top scores after 18 holes
144 Piyush Sangwan (76,68); 145 Feroz Singh Garewal (72,73); 147 Kartikey Vashist (74,73),Shubham Narain (72,75); 148 Manu Gandas (79,69); 149 Pukhraj Singh Gill (77,72); 152 Viraj Madappa (74,78); 153 Veer Ahlawat (78,75),Jairaj Singh Sandhu (77,76); 154 Tutul Ali (75,79),Yuvraj Sandhu (73,81)
154 Karan Sharma (73,81); 156 Kartik Sharma (81,75), Vignesh Thakur (79,77), Jaiveer Singh (76,80); 158 Arjun Puri (81,77); 159 Karandeep Kochar (82,77), Tanvir Kahlon (81,78), Arjun Prasad (79,80); 161 Adilbir Singh (78,83); 162 Karanveer Singha (80,82)