Tiwana leads as Rashid falters

It wasn’t quite the start that Rashid Khan would’ve wanted in his pursuit of a record,specially with the way the scoring went in the first round of the LG Noida Open Amateur on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Noida | Published: February 11, 2009 11:32:47 pm

It wasn’t quite the start that Rashid Khan would’ve wanted in his pursuit of a record,specially with the way the scoring went in the first round of the LG Noida Open Amateur on Tuesday. The Delhi boy shot two-over 74 at he Noida Golf Club,and is already seven shots off the pace after Hyderabad’s Arshdeep Tiwana continued his good run in the season with a five-under 67.

The wind was obviously not a big deterrant as Tiwana took his back nine apart with accurate hitting and steady putting. The next name on the scoreboard is three strokes back,and is that of L Selvadurai,who carded two-under 70. Another shot back are are two 19-year-olds — Abhinav Lohan and Pranav Kaul — along with the experienced Saurabh Bahuguna.

Tiwana,who started from the tenth tee,had an up-and-down first nine holes. He made the turn at even par after three birdies and three bogeys. But he struck a purple patch on his return journey,sinking five birdie putts in his last nine holes.

Scores: 1 Arshdeep Tiwana -5 (67),2 L Selvadurai -2 (70),3 Abhinav Lohan,Pranav Kaul,Saurabh Bahuguna -1 (71),6 Abhishek Jha,Gagan Verma,Rahul Bajaj 0 (72),9 Biren Dey,Dipankar Kaushal,Jasjeet Singh,Jitender Gupta +1 (73)

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