Johl, Gangjee best Indian golfers after first round

August 21st, 2008 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Brunei, Aug 21 (IANS) It was a mixed day for Amandeep Johl and Rahil Gangjee as the duo fired two-under 69 each to be the best Indians at the end of the first day of the Brunei Open golf tournament here Thursday. The Indian duo was among the group sharing the 29th place and lying five shots behind the leading pair of Korea’s Young Nam and Thai Somkiat Srisanga, who carded a seven-under 64 each.

Among other Indians, Anirban Lahiri shot a one-under 70 in 50th while Gaurav Ghei and Himmat Rai carded even par 71 each and were lying tied 68th. Harmeet Kahlon was one-over 72 in 86th.

Gaganjeet Bhullar and Naman Dawar shot three-over 74 each and were 106th, while R.S. Rathore went four-over 75 in 117th place and Gurbaaz Mann was five-over 76 in 125th place.

Young and Srisanga stole the early thunder by carding blistering seven-under-par 64s at the Empire Hotel and Country Club to lead by one stroke from inaugural champion Terry Pilkadaris of Australia, compatriot Brad Kennedy and South Korea’s Ted Oh.

Unheralded Filipino Benjie Magada and Andrew Dodt of Australia were a further stroke back after matching 66s while title holder Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei opened his defence with a 68.

Young and Sirsanga are chasing the elusive maiden Asian Tour victory at this week’s US$3000,000 event.

The highlight of Young’s day was an eagle on the par five 15th where he smashed a three wood approach to three feet. Five other birdies against no bogeys left him shaking his head in disbelief when he submitted his scorecard.

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