Bangalore: Local lad, Khalin Joshi landed an
eagle in the opening round to take the first day honours at
the All India Amateur golf championships here on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old Joshi`s four-under 68 was one of the only
three sub-par rounds on the first day of the tournament at the
KGA Golf course.
Joshi, a very successful and promising young player, had
an eagle, five birdies and three bogeys in his 68 and was one
shot clear of CG Somiah (69) and Abhijeet Chadha (71), an
Asian Games silver medalist in team event, who were the only
golfers to come back with sub-par rounds.
The more fancied S Chikkrangappa, the defending champion
at the event, shot three bogeys in the last five holes and
dropped to 74 in tied sixth place along with Delhi`s Honey
Abhinav Lohan, a teammate of Chadha at the Guangzhou
Asian Games, carded 75 and was tied 11th.
Joshi had three birdies in the first five holes and then
dropped a shot on seventh to turn in two-under. On the back
nine, he birdied 10th, and then eagled the par-five 11th and
found yet another birdie on 12th to go six-under. But he gave
away that fine streak with bogeys on 15th and 18th.
Chadha and Lohan, forming India `A`, however, led the
team competition with a total of 146, and they were trailed by
India `B` with Khalin Joshi and Gagan Verma (75).
Trishul Chinappa ((77) and Chikka (74), teammates in the
recent Asian Junior gold medal winning Indian team, were tied
third at 151 with the Bangladesh team of Mohd Nazim (76) and
Dulal Hussain (75).
The top 32 players from the two rounds of stroke play
will qualify for the matchplay competition to be played from
The first round of matchplay will be played on Thursday
and the second and third rounds on Friday, followed by
semi-finals on Saturday and the final on Sunday.