Jasjeet ousted, Jha survives scare in LG All-India Amateur golf

February 18th, 2009 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) Fancied Jasjeet Singh was ousted by Imamul Haque, while Abhishek Jha, winner of the last two tournaments on the LG Amateur Tour was given a real fright in the LG All-India Amateur Golf Championship at the par-72 Royal Calcutta Golf Club here Wednesday.
Most of the higher ranked players moved on to the next round. Vikram Rana, the number two on the LG Order of Merit list, was almost shown the exit. In another match, Rahul Bajaj had to play two extra playoff holes before he won against Parvesh Baisoya.

Jha, was given a scare before a 30-foot birdie putt on the final playoff hole brought down the curtains on the challenge posed by Raja Sardar.

“He played an incredible game; I have never seen such great putting before. He had only nine putts in the first nine holes. Other than the playoff hole where he missed a five-footer for birdie, I don’t think he missed any other putt. My heart almost stopped beating,” Jha said.

Meanwhile, young Rashid Khan had to overcome a stiff challenge posed by Mohammed Wazir, a former junior No.1 on a comeback trail. A poor tee shot from Wazir on the final hole sealed the deal in Rashid’s favour but it was still too close for comfort.

In other results, Moin Malak had a fairly easy outing and he won his tie against Tushar Garg 5 and 4.

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