Canada’s Anil pockets gross title on opening day

Buoyed by his superb putting, Anil Sharma of Canada shot a score of two-over-par 74 to claim the title in the gross category on Day One of the Chandigarh Golfing tour, which started on Friday. On a day when 88 NRI golfers teed off, Sharma returned with a fine round to claim the gross title after the first round.

Gursharan Singh of Canada and Kharag Singh of New Zealand were behind by one stroke with a score of three-over-par 74. Gursharan Singh secured the second spot after the Round One as he had a better score on the back-nine.

Anil, who plays with a scratch handicap, sank a birdie on the fourth hole. He lost a stroke on the ninth hole to be at even-par-36 at the turn. He conceded bogeys on the 12th and 18th to finish the first round with a two over 74 card.

It was bad luck for Kharag Singh of New Zealand as he missed the runner-up spot despite sharing a three over 75 card with Gursharan, who played a better back-nine.

In the 15-24 handicap category, the gross title went to Gursharan Natt who fired a card of 80 with H S Sangha finishing runner up one stroke behind at 81. Manvinder Mavi of Australia was nearest to the pin at 11.5 inches, while Narinder Gill had the longest drive of 302 yards.

The next two days will also see the golfers competing for the daily winners in the gross category apart from the overall gross winner after the end of the third round on Sunday.

results: Gross: 0-14 handicap category: 1. Anil Sharma 74, 2. Gursharan Singh and Kharag Singh 75: 15-24 handicap category : Gursharan Natt 80, HS Sangha 81; Nett: 0-14 handicap category: Anil Sharma 65, Kharag Singh 66; 15-24 handicap category : Gursharan Natt 62, HS Sangha 65; Nearest to pin : Manvinder Mavi; longest drive : Narinder Gill.

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