March 22, 2017 09:55 PM NPT
Photo Courtesy: NGA Shiva Kumar Majhi plays a shot during the second day of Nepal Open Amateur Golf Championship at the Gokarna Golf Club in Gokarna, Kathmandu on Thursday.
KATHMANDU, March 22: Shiva Kumar Majhi climbed on top of the leader's board at the completion of the penultimate round of the Nepal Open Amateur Golf Championship being held at the par-72 Gokarna Golf Club in Gokarna, Kathmandu.
Shiva of Dharan carded one-over 73 on Wednesday for a second day total score of one-over 145. He holds one-stroke lead over fellow golfer from Dharan Sukra Bahadur Rai who played even-par 72 for a total of two-over 146. Wangchen Dhondup carded one-over 73 for a total of three-over 147.
Overnight leader Hridesh Kumar Singh, Tashi Dong, and Tashi Tsering are joint fourth with total of four-over 147. Hridesh played five-over 77, Dong four-over 76 and Tsering carded one-over 73.
Tshendra Dorji of Bhutan carded one-over 73 for second day total of five-over 149. Prithivi Malla (four-over 76), Tenzing Tsering (three-over 75), Md Shah Alam (two-over 74) and Md Shomrat Sikder (two-over 74) are jointly on eighth position at seven-over 151.
Shiva played even-par 36 on front half with birdies on the third and fifth holes against bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes. After taking the turn, he dropped a shot each on the 14th and 16th holes and birdied on Hole no 15 for one-over 36.
Sukra played two-over 38 and two-under 34 on the front nine and back nine respectively. He birdied on the third hole but squandered three shots on the par-three eighth hole. At the back half, he birdied on the 11th, 12th, and 17th holes against a long bogey on the 10th hole.
Overnight leader Hridesh carded two-over 38 on the front nine and three-over 39 on back nine.
Meanwhile, 30 players out of 48 survived the cut applied after 36 holes of play. The third and the final round will be played on Thursday.
A tournament for seniors aged 50 and above will also be played on the final day. The event will be played over nine holes.
Nepal B wins team event
Nepal B claimed the team event title with total score of 291. The team comprising of Shiva Kumar Majhi (72 and 73 on day one and two) and Sukra Bahadur Rai (74 and 72) claimed the honors of team title.
Team Bangladesh secured second place finish with total score of 302. The team of Mohammad Shah Alam and Mohammad Shomrat Sikdar scored identical 77 and 74 on both days. Nepal A comprising of Tanka Bahadur Karki (76 and 78) and Tenzing Tsering (76 and 75) finished third scoring 305.