Rana takes lead in LG Amateur golf

June 10th, 2008 - 9:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, June 10 (IANS) Vikram Rana took the solitary lead with a first round score of 2-under par 70 at the LG Southern India Amateur golf tournament at the Eagleton Golf Resort near here Tuesday. Chasing the leader was the trio of Tarun Ghogale, Rashid Khan and Arshdeep Tiwana who played contrasting rounds and yet returned the same score of 1-under 71 and were tied for the second place. As many as six players - Abhinav Lohan, Aditya Bhandarkar, Gagan Verma, Jasjeet Singh, Saurav Bahuguna and Siddharth Seth - were tied for the fifth place at level par 72.

Local boy top ranked Abhishek Jha was languishing in 20th position after a round of 3-over 75 while another promising lad Chikkarangappa was tied for the 14th place after shooting a 74.

Rana who began from the tenth hole, made early inroads with birdies on the 11th and 13th courtesy some good approach shots. However two consecutive bogeys on the next two holes undid all his good work. From then on the 30-year-old maintained his nerve and made three straight pars to take the turn at level par.

He began his back nine with a flourish where he made back to back birdies on the par-5 opening hole and the par-4 second. A slight mistake on the par-3 third cost him a stroke but that was the end of mistakes as he parred his way home while adding a birdie on the short par-4 eighth.

“It was excellent weather out there. The roughs are up but the greens are playing very true,” said Rana. “I made some foolish bogeys where I three-putted on the 15th and the third; otherwise I could have gone deeper into the round,” added the youngster from New Delhi.

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