Baisoya takes day one honours

Kolkata: Fifteen-year old Honey Baisoya from Delhi surprised everyone by firing a two-under 70 to take lead after day one`s proceedings in the Goodricke East India Amateur Golf Championship at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club on Monday.

Bangalore`s S Chikkarangappa carded one-under 71 to take the second position.

Local boy Kader Ali returned with a level par round for a tie along with the winner of last week`s RCGC Cup, Angad Cheema for the third place.

Rohan Shroff and S K Pappu played one-over 71 along with Delhi`s Vikram Rana and Kapurthala`s Ashbeer Singh Saini as a shy Baisoya, whose father usually caddies for him, seemed more comfortable with every shot when a local caddie, Bolto carried his bag.

Baisoya sank four birdies on 4th, 9th, 11th, and 14th, made two bogeys on 5th, 8th and played eight regulations for the day.

A consistent player on the junior as well as on amateur circuit, Baisoya did three hours of practice in the last two days.

"Today, I was hitting the second shots like I never did before on a course like this. Though, my putting was not that great last week during RCGC Cup, I and my father made some corrections to get the right posture which helped me today," Baisoya said.

Chikka shot a birdie on the opening hole, 4th, 7th, 14th, 18th and bogeyed the 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th.

"I made some silly mistakes on 8th where I used the pitching wedge and hit the 7-iron which went five yards near to the green but a good putt lipped out because of my wrong judgement. I could have come with a better score if there was a proper reading of the line by me," Chikka said.


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