Lahiri best among Indians at Final Q-School golf tourney

January 14th, 2009 - 1:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Rayong (Thailand), Jan 14 (IANS) Anirban Lahiri brought in an one-under 72 in the first round of the final stage of the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School golf presented by Sports Authority of Thailand.He was placed 23rd and was four shots behind the leader, Scotsman Ross Bain, who blasted a five-under-par 68 here Tuesday.

Among other Indians, Rahil Gangjee, a regular for last four years, but who missed out on his card in 2008, shot an even par 73 as did Firoz Ali and C. Muniyappa. They were tied at 36th.

Karanjit Singh was tied 63rd at 74, while Amandeep Johl and Harmeet Kahlon shot 75 each in tied 85th. Other Indians Sujjan Singh (76), Vikrant Chopra (77), Himmat Rai (77), Manav Jaini (78), Ajeetesh Sandhu (78), Gurbaaz Mann (81), Ashok Kumar (79) and Chiragh Kumar (83) were way behind.

Bain, who resides in Dubai, took a one stroke lead over the field after nailing an eagle, four birdies against a lone bogey at the par-73 St Andrews 2000 course.

The final stage is played over five rounds where the first two rounds will be staged at the par-73 St. Andrews 2000 and par-72 Rayong Green Valley Country Club. The final three rounds will be held at St. Andrews 2000.

Local golfer Pijit Petchkasem, who celebrated his 22nd birthday, recorded a 69 to lie in lone second place while American Clay Devers, England’s Yasin Ali, Australia’s Matthew Griffin, Colombian Eduardo Herrera and Sweden’s Lars Johansson were among those in the mix in tied third spot after firing matching 70s.

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