Third-placed India stay in hunt for medal at Nomura Cup

August 18th, 2011 - 8:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Denarau (Fiji), Aug 18 (IANS) India Thursday remained on the third position at the end of the third round of the Asia-Pacific Golf championships for the Nomura Cup here.

With one more round to go in the biennial championships, India totalled 220, the same as leaders Australia at the Nadatola Bay Championship course, which once again proved very tough for scoring.

India is looking at its first medal finish since 1973 when they won the title in Jakarta.

India matched the Australian score of 220, but New Zealand excelled on the third day with an excellent score of 217 and moved to second spot as Korea slipped to fourth, down from second at the midway stage.

The star for India on the third day was Khalin Joshi who had an even par 72, while Angad Cheema bounced back from his disappointing second day and shot a fine 73. National champion S. Chikkarangappa birdied the last two holes to save the day for India with a 75 as the best three cards totalled 220.

Khalin Joshi’s 72 also made him the top placed Indian in tied fourth place, up from previous tenth place, while Chikkarangappa (73) was tied for seventh, also up from tenth.

Abhijit Chadha carded 78 and dropped to tied 12th and Cheema with his 73 improved to tied 21st, up from 37th.

The Individual scores this time will also be treated as the selection round for Asia Pacific Team to participate in the Bonallack Trophy to be played in Algrave, Portugal in April 2012.

The final round will be played at the Denarau Course with tee-offs starting at 9 AM local time.

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