Udayan Mane, who recently represented India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, scored a seven-under 65 to take an early lead in the first round of the Jammu and Kashmir Open golf at the Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar on Wednesday.
Rashid Khan And Delhi’s Honey Baisoya as well as runner-up Veer Ahlawat in the PGTI event in Panchkula scored a five-under 67 to finish second at the end of the first day. Veer and Honey played the round without any errors while Rashid made seven birdies and two bogeys.
Mhow’s Om Prakash Chauhan, Akshay Sharma Chandigarh and Aman Raj of Patna returned the cards for four-under 68 and finished fifth in the Rs 40 lakh PGTI event.
Delhi’s Kshitij Naveed Kaul, whose origin is in Jammu and Kashmir, leveled 14th with a score of 70.
Meanwhile, Indian golf legend Jyoti Randhawa posted an even 72 to occupy the 72nd spot along with Pawan Parihar, who trains at the Jammu Tawi Golf Course and was ranked highest among local players.
Pune-based Udayan started with seven birdies on the front-nine, missing only the second and fifth, which were par-3, hitting the ball with pin-point precision, pinning it to set up the birdie. within six feet of At back-nine, Udayan dipped a 12-footer in the 10th to go eight-under for the day. On the 15th, he dropped a bogey, but saved a fine cross from the bunker on the 16th and all else being equal.
“I was seven under on the first nine holes and eight under on 10. After that I didn’t really make enough puts, even though I was looking at 59 because it didn’t work for me on the back-nine, Udayan said, Who is playing for the first time at the picturesque Royal Springs Golf Course. “The fifth hole is one of the most beautiful places for me because of the great view of Dal Lake. Like the 18th tea box, the 18th green and the ninth fairway, everything looks amazing.
The eventual winner here eight years ago, Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa S, ended the day in 39th place with a 73 while Chandigarh’s Karandeep Kochhar, leader of the PGTI Order of Merit, finished 63rd two shots behind.