Samarth matches course record with 63

Sports Reporter
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Samarth Dwivedi fired eight birdies in a classic bogey-free round to match the course record at the Poona Club Golf Course with an opening round of eight-under-63 in the Pune Open Golf Championship 2019 here on Tuesday.

Pune: Samarth Dwivedi fired eight birdies in a classic bogey-free round to match the course record at the Poona Club Golf Course with an opening round of eight-under-63 in the Pune Open Golf Championship 2019 here on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Dwivedi led the field at the Rs 30 lakh event by one shot with Bengaluru’s Jaibir Singh placed second after an impressive effort of seven-under-64.

Samarth Dwivedi, who made a big career decision earlier this year by moving his base from Singapore to Ahmedabad, kick-started his round with his first two birdies on the sixth and seventh.

He then missed a couple of birdie opportunities on the eighth and ninth but soon got into his stride on the back-nine with four successive birdies from the 10th through the 13th. Dwivedi’s chip for eagle lipped out on the 12th.

Looking for his first professional win, Samarth went on to add two more birdies on the 15th and 17th, which was a 20-feet conversion, to seize the early advantage. 

Dwivedi, who turned pro in 2016, equaled the course record which was jointly held by C Muniyappa (2014), S Chikkarangappa (2006), S Madaiah (2005) and Vijay Kumar (2004).

The 28-year-old Jaibir Singh, playing his third season as a professional, came up with the best round of his career, to be close on the heels of the leader.

Jaibir, who began the day with a bogey, went on to add an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey to his card. He chipped-in for eagle on the 14th and landed it within five feet on several occasions.

Bengaluru’s Trishul Chinnappa was in third place at 65, while Panchkula’s Angad Cheema and Sri Lankan N Thangaraja occupied joint fourth place at 66.

Pravin Pathare and Pratik Nirmale were the best-placed Pune golfers in tied 25th after rounds of 71.

Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta, the 2016 Pune Open winner and the only former champion in the field, posted a card of 72 to be tied 36th.

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