Shrestha, Khadka share lead in Surya Nepal Eastern Open

- Sports Bureau, DHARAN

Dec 27, 2018-

Top-ranked Shivaram Shrestha and Rabi Khadka both carded four-under 66 to share the first round lead at the Surya Nepal Eastern Open golf tournament at the par-70 Nirvana Country Club on Monday.

Sanjay Lama and amateur golfer Sukra Bahadur Rai were four strokes behind the leaders at even-par 70 in the third event of the Surya Nepal Golf Tour 2018-19. One shot further back at one-over 71 were Bhuwan Nagarkoti, Bikash Adhikari, Shiva Kumar Majhi, and Tham Bahadur Rai. Bal Bhadra Rai and another amateur Babindra Rai were next at two-over 72. Rame Magar along with amateurs Sukra Raj Rai and Jiwan Rai were at three-over 73.

Nepal No 1 Shrestha shot even-par 36 on the front nine with birdies on sixth and ninth against bogeys on first and fourth. On his way back, the Royal Nepal Golf Club (RNGC) pro sank birdies on the 10th, 12th, 15th and 17th holes for a four-under 30 card. 

Shrestha’s clubmate Khadka carded two-under 34 on the first nine with birdies on second, fifth and ninth holes against a bogey on the seventh. Khadka carded another two-under 32 on his way back with the help of birdies on the 12th, 16th, 18th against a bogey on the 17th hole. Lama returned with even-par in each half. Lama earned shots on the second, seventh, ninth, 10th, 15th and 18th holes against bogeys on first, fourth, eighth and 14th holes while also having a double-bogey on 12th.

Amateur golfer Rai made a disastrous start with a double-bogey on the first. But Rai made amends with birdies on the second, third, fifth and ninth holes against a bogey on the fourth for one-under 35 front nine card. On the back nine, Rai sank birdies on 10th and 12th but was upset by bogeys on the 14th , 17th and 18th holes for one-over 35 score. Nagarkoti shot two-over 38 on the front nine with bogeys on the fourth and seventh against no birdies. On the back nine, Nagarkoti sank birdies on 12th, 13th and 17th holes against bogeys on 11th and 15th for one-under 33 card.

In all, 56 golfers—34 pros and 22 amateurs—are taking part in the tournament organised by Nepal Professional Golfers Association. Cut will be applied after the second round with top 21 pros and six amateurs making it to the final two rounds. The tournament offers Rs 661,500 in total prize money. Top three pros will receive Rs 120,000, Rs 77,000 and Rs 55,000 respectively. Other pros who make the cut are also assured of their share of cash rewards.

Published: 27-12-2018 09:22

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