Verma wins NCR Cup golf

December 12th, 2008 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Amateur golfer Gagan Verma fired a final round 75 for an impressive win at the third Gannon Dunkerley NCR Cup and Delhi State Championships at the par-72 Delhi Golf Club here Friday.The Delhi-based golfer, who is currently leading the Indian Amateur Order of Merit returned with a tournament tally of two-over 290.

Rashid Khan failed to defend his title after bringing in a fourth day card of one-over 73 and had to settle for second position six strokes behind the winner at eight-over 296. Keshav Kapoor finished third at 299.

Verma and Khan, with this performance have earned themselves spots into the Swiss Amateur Championship to be held at the Crans Sur Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland next summer.

The 37-year-old Verma was in his elements right from the start. Going into the final round with an eight-stroke cushion gave him the ideal platform to launch an attack.

“I got very complacent early on. This was till I double bogeyed the eighth and Rashid birdied the following hole,” he said.

The 17-year-old Khan closed in further with a birdie on the tenth, a hole that Verma bogeyed.

“Just four strokes separated us at this stage and thankfully I birdied two of the next three holes to get back into a comfortable position,” added Verma.

Verma began his round with a birdie and studded his card with three more on the 11th, 13th and 18th. His card contained bogeys on the second, third, tenth, 15th and 17th and a double bogey on the eighth.

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