Saini wins strokeplay, meets Semwal in Eastern India Match-play

December 20th, 2011 - 7:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) Ashbeer Saini beat Delhi golfer Honey Baisoya on the fourth play-off hole in the Goodricke Eastern India strokeplay at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club here Tuesday.

Saini, seen as one of the most promising youngsters from northern India, carded a second round of 70 with four birdies and two bogeys for a total of 143. He had a round of 73 Monday. Baisoya from Delhi scored 73 after his first round 70.

In the play-off that ensued the duo had identical par, par and bogey. Then on the fourth play-off hole, Saini parred while Baisoya faltered with a bogey.

SK. Pappu (73-72) and S. Chikkrangappa (71-74) were tied for third at 145 and Trishul Chinappa was fifth at 146. Khalin Joshi, Manav Das and Vikram Rana were tied for sixth 147.

The top-32 players qualified for the Match-play, which follows the stroke play competition. Match-play begins Wednesday and ends Christmas Day.

With Sidharth Semwal, a strong player from Army Golf Club in Delhi, it will be a tough starter for Saini. Semwal qualified as the 32nd player after winning a play-off with RCGC duo Suraj Ali and Tutul Ali at 160.

In some of the other matches Baisoya will be up against Lakhan Singh in the first round of Matchplay. Chikka will meet SK. Samir and Khalin Joshi meets Surya PR.

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