Sri Lanka’s number one amateur Vijitha Bandara lived up to his reputation as he shot two-under 70 to take the lead on day two of Gannon Dunkerley 8th NCR Cup. Bandara’s two days total of 144 and his compatriot Sisira Kumara’s 154 also got them the team championship trophy after fighting hard on the tricky greens and fairways of the par-72 Delhi Golf Club.
Bandara,who is leading at the midway stage,is keen to win the title to retain the NCR Cup trophy with the Sri Lankans. On Day Two,he adapted well to the DGC conditions,where accuracy is a bigger factor than driving distance. He kept his driver in the bag and came out of the course as one of only two players to have shot an under-par score in both the days. “I hit 15 greens in regulation and did not take out the driver even once which is something that has happened first time in my life. Though,I hit two bogeys throughout the round,I am happy that I am taking atleast one trophy back home. I am quite confident of taking the individual title in next two days and show it to the defending champion Thangaraja back in my country.”
India’s Hemendra Chaudhary who was on the 13th place on Tuesday,jumped to second after carding one-over on Wednesday for a total of 148. Amit Kumar and Nepal’s Dinesh Prajapati,who had scored level par on Day One to share the lead with Imamul Haque,again hit matching numbers both of them came back with a four-over 148 and finished 3rd and 4th respectively.
After impressing the packed clubhouse on the first day,Imamul Haque’s campaign fizzled out with a disappointing 10-over 82 for the total of 154 to slip to 18th position.
In the Team Championship being played alongside,Sri Lanka was the winner with the team total of 298 while Delhi’s team The Rovers became runner-up with the score of 301. Third spot was taken by Oil India at 301.
Germans Christof Korth and Klaus Michael Borbe who got selected through a note on facebook in their country to play in the NCR Cup,were unable to impress their sponsor Oliver Duenkel as they finished at the bottom of the team championship leader board at 999. The top 46 players will be vying for the title over the next two days as the cut was applied at 17-over.