Majhi opens up two-stroke lead

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Dec 25, 2015-

Amateur golfer Shiva Kumar Majhi maintained his fine form to take a surprise second round lead in the Surya Nepal Eastern Open at the par-70 Nirvana Country Club course in Dharan on Thursday.Majhi, a local golfer, shot a second straight two-under 69 to open up a two-stroke lead over Nepal No 1 Shivaram Shrestha. Shrestha carded one-under 69 for a total score of two-under 138. Bhuwan Nagarkoti climbed to third after shooting an even-par 70 for a total card of one-under 139.

The opening round leader, who carded three-under 67 on Wednesday, dropped to fourth after a poor round of three-over 73. One stroke further down was Bal Bhadra Rai, who carded three-over 73 for a total of one-over 141. Tham Bahadur Rai, Dhana Thapa and Purna Sharma were tied for sixth at two-over 142. While, Rai and Thapa shot two-over 72, Sharma carded one-over 71 on Thursday.

Sukra Bahadur Rai carded four-over 74 for a total of three-over 143, seven-stroke behind the leader and fellow amateur golfer Majhi. Sunder Rai is third among the amateurs going into the third and final round after shooting a nine-over 149 total. Rai carded five over-75 on Thursday.

Majhi carded three-under 32 in the front nine that included four birdies against a lone bogey. His back nine card of one-over 36 included two bogeys and a bogey. The top-ranked Nepali pro Shivaram shot two-under 33 in the first nine holes, sinking four birdies and a double bogey. In the last nine holes, Shivaram earned a shot, on hole No 14, but dropped two strokes on 10th and 15th.

Nagarkoti shot one-over 36 in the first nine and one-under 34 in the second nine holes. He sank five birdies and as many bogeys for his even-par score in the second round. Overnight leader Lama never recovered from a triple bogey start to the day, completing his front nine at three-over 38 and back nine holes at even-par 35.

Twenty eight golfers including six amateurs survived the cut for the final round. In all, 50 golfers-- 27 pros and 23 amateurs--took part in the first two rounds of the event organised by Nepal Professional Golfers Association. Top three pros will earn Rs 100,000, Rs 63,000 and Rs 45,000.


Published: 25-12-2015 10:20

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