Maharashtra Open: Mane shoots 65, takes lead

October 26th, 2011 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Pune, Oct 26 (IANS) Udayan Mane of Bangalore blazed the Oxford Golf Club with a stunning six-under 65 and grabbed a two-shot advantage at the midway stage of the Maharashtra Open Amateur Golf Championship at Par-71 Poona Golf Club Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Mane, runner-up in 2010 Maharashtra Open Amateur, shot 65 and took his total to 141 (76-65), which was two shots ahead of the defending champion and another Bangalore player Khalin Joshi 143 (72-71)). In the third spot was Jamshedpur?s Karan Taunk at 144 (73-71)).

The reigning All India Amateur champion, Seenappa Chikkarangappa, yet another one from Bangalore, roared back into form from way behind with a two-under 69, the second best card of the day, to get back into contention at 145 (76-69). Chikka was tied for fourth with Delhi golfer, Honey Baisoya 145 (71, 74).

Overnight leader K. Raghav Bhandari slipped to tied sixth with a 78 in second round after his first round 68. A total of 43 out of 78 players made the cut at 14-over.

Mane started the day with a birdie on 1st and added further birdies on seventh, ninth, 10th, 12th, 14th and 18th. His sole bogey of the day came on the 13th.

A semi-finalist at the All India Amateur championships at the start of the year, Mane, said: ?I have started taking my game seriously only in the last year or so when I met my coach, Vijay Divecha. Now I start my day with yoga and then straightaway head to the Touche Golf Academy to exercise and then practice with Anirban Lahiri (whenever he is in Bangalore) and Abhishek Jha.?

Chikka roared back into form with 69 that included an eagle on the par-5 seventh. ?I realised yesterday that I am not hitting many regulations and that?s what I started today after 4th hole. I just need a good start in the next two days and I am surely going to stick to my game,? said the reigning All India Amateur champion.

Chikka bogeyed the first and the third, but soon recovered with birdies on fifth and an eagle on seventh to turn in one-under 34. He birdied the 14th and the 17th, but dropped a shot on 15th to again come back in one-under for the back nine and a card of two-under 69.

Baisoya, one of the most promising youngsters on the amateur circuit, played very steady golf, even though he had no birdies. He suffered a lapse in the middle of the round with bogeys on eighth, 10th and 12th, but parred the rest during his round.

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