Rain plays spoilsport in LP Cup

Before rain played spoilsport on Saturday afternoon, the Jaypee Greens Greater Noida team- which has Gaganjeet Bhullar in its rank- was ahead in two matches in the third place play off in the Louis Phillipe Cup held at Greater Noida. Navratna Ahmedabad was leading in one. For hosts Greater Noida, Gaganjeet Bhullar lead Vikrant Chopra by one stroke after 14 holes and R Murthy lead Vinod Kumar by three shots after 11 holes. Ahmedabad's Mithun Perera, on the other hand, was four shots ahead of Sanjay Kumar after 14 holes.

Meanwhile, the DLF Gurgaon team enjoyed a slight advantage over Silverglades Delhi in the final of the Louis Philippe Cup when play was suspended at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort due to heavy rain that led to unplayable course conditions.

When play was suspended, DLF Gurgaon and Silverglades Delhi were engaged in a keen tussle with all players shooting above par scores.

DLF Gurgaon's Abhinav Lohan was leading by two strokes against Silverglades Delhi's Shamim Khan, while the other two matches were tied as Rashid Khan was level par with Jyoti Randhawa, and Himmat Rai with Digvijay Singh on the 10th hole.

Untimely rain made the conditions at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort unplayable following which the decision was taken to carry over the match to Sunday, giving the Delhi team time and opportunity to stage a comeback.

All the players struggled to hit the fairways as incessant wind and rain made hitting with accuracy extremely difficult.

The number of bogeys outnumbered the birdies scored in the session before the torrential rain hit the court halting the match at 12:40 in the afternoon.

"Both me and my team were playing really well and we were confident of our victory today only, if not for the heavy rain. We'll definitely be looking to wrap it up tomorrow and bring the trophy to Gurgaon fans," DLF Gurgaon's Jyoti Randhawa said. Himmat Rai of Delhi said that his team can still win the contest.

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