Gurbani wrests sole lead

Gurbani Singh played the best round of the week with a back nine that had four birdies as she rose from tied seventh to the very top of the leaderboard at the end of two rounds at the Usha Army Ladies and Junior golf championship,the season-opener on the IGU Women’s circuit.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 11, 2013 1:16 am

Gurbani Singh played the best round of the week with a back nine that had four birdies as she rose from tied seventh to the very top of the leaderboard at the end of two rounds at the Usha Army Ladies and Junior golf championship,the season-opener on the IGU Women’s circuit.

The winner of the Ladies of Order of Merit had a slow start on the first day when she shot 77,with just one birdie and a few bogeys but fought back strongly on the second day. With a superb round of two-under 70,she overtook the defending champion Aditi Ashok (75) and Tvesa Malik (74).

Strong back nine

Gurbani’s round of 70 included one birdie and three bogeys on front nine,but she had a stunning back nine,where she carded four birdies,including three in a row from 12th to 14 th and another on the 17 th .

Aditi also had a two-over front nine and one-under 35 on back nine for her one-over 73 in second round. Gurbani leads at 147 while Aditi is one behind at 148. Tvesa Malik (74-77) dropped to third,while Raksha Phadke (78-84) was fourth and Sehar Atwal (78-75) was fifth with Amandeep Drall (75-78) also tied at sixth.

Mann takes 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.

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