Baisoya overall leader in Asia Pacific Junior Golf
Bangkok: Honey Baisoya was once again the steadiest of the Indian youngsters as he kept his lead and was also the overall (Category A & B) leader in the 32nd Asia-Pacific Junior Golf Championships.
The 14-year-old Delhi golfer, Baisoya shot a one-under 71 on the strength of three birdies on the back nine for an even-par 216 for three rounds at the Royal Hills Golf Resort and Spa.
On a hot and humid day, Baisoya (Category B - 13-14 years) saw his lead cut to one, as Thai Kwanchai Kongtavee with a 69 closed the gap.
Baisoya`s fine performance also lifted the Boys team (comprising Categories A and B) into second place, up from overnight second.
Baisoya`s 71 along with Category A golfers, Syed Saqib Ahmed (75) and Trishul Chinappa (77) saw India in second place at 14-over 662.
But Thailand, aided by Kwanchai`s 69 and Nanfa`s 71 took their total to three-under 645 and extended their lead to 14 shots. Chinese Taipei (664) was third, just two behind India.
In Category A (15-17 years), India`s Trishul Chinappa slumped with a 77 and dropped to ninth place with a total of 222. Two Thais, Nanfa Somnuek and Smithi Teeratrakul shared the lead at 217.
Among girls, India moved into third place and were in the running for a medal. Gurbani Singh (73) shone with a fine performance and with Meher Atwal`s 78, India now total 305, behind Thailand`s 288 and Chinese Taipei`s 295.
Hong Kong at 307 is fourth.
In individual section, Gurbani (151) was seventh, eight shots behind leaders, Thailand`s Supamas Sangchan and Pinyada Kuvanun at 143.
In Category B Girls, Aditi Ashok (81) was 11th at 160. In Category C Boys, Karandeep Kochar was tenth at 166 (81, 85).