Kensville Challenge Golf: Gangjee takes opening day lead

January 26th, 2012 - 9:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, Jan 26 (IANS) Rahil Gangjee ignited hopes of another Indian win at the second staging of the Gujarat Kensville Challenge 2012 as he returned an impressive four-under 68 on the end of the opening day of the European Challenge Tour event Thursday.

Fellow Indian Shiv Kapur, also making his Challenge Tour debut, shot a bogey-free 69, which gave him a share of the second place with two others, American Dodge Kemmer and the seasoned Gary Lockerbie.

Defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar was tied for 12th with a card of one-under 71 and he shared the spot with Chiragh Kumar, winne r of the PGTI Order of Merit last season, and Ranjit Singh.

Except for the closing bogey, Gangjee seemed satisfied with the round.

“I got to six under today it was a good job. I had a few putts but I didn’t expect to do that. I hit the ball well and putted really good today, so it’s encouraging,” he said.

Kapur was especially pleased with his bogey free round, but not so happy with the putting. He parred the front nine and then the 10th, too. Then came his first birdie on 11th.

Talking of the par-fives, he said, “You can’t hit 17 in two, nine I just hit 3-wood off the tee so I didn’t fancy going for the green because the angle you are coming in, you are going towards the water so I hit five iron. On 14 I hit a five iron and laid up. On the sixth it was into the breeze so didn’t go for any of them in two.”

Peter Uihlein shot 76 and Himmat Rai ended with a 77 and will need good second round efforts to stay on for the weekend.

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