KATHMANDU, Feb 10: Nepal number one professional golfer Shivaram Shrestha clinched the title of the Surya Nepal Western Open at Himalayan Golf Course in Pokhara on Friday.
Shrestha carded six-under 64 on Friday at the par-70 course to post a total score of nine-under 201. Bhuwan Nagarkoti remained in the second position in the third event of the Surya Nepal Golf Tour 2016-17. Nagarkoti remained nine-shot behind the winner.
Shrestha broke two records in the process. He bettered his previous course record of five-under by one shot and broke Dhana Thapa’s record of five-under winning total in 54-hole competition. It is the 33rd major trophy for Shrestha. He earned the check of Rs 110,000 along with the trophy.
Nagarkoti finished second with the total score of even-par 210 after he carded two-under 68 in the final round. Defending champion Dhana Bahadur Thapa played one-over 71 to finish third at two-over 212. Deepak Magar (72) and Rabi Khadka (69) shared the fourth position at 216.
Kamal Tamang won the amateur section title with the total score of 11-over 221 while Yub Raj Bhujel was second in count back after he was tied with Mithun Rai at 234.
A total of 41 players took part in the tournament organized by Nepal PGA under the sponsorship of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd. Marketing Manager of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd Bal Kishan Gurung, President of Nepal PGA Rabindra Man Shrestha, President of Nepal Golf Association Madhukar Yakthumba, Director of Himalayan Golf Course Kiran KC handed over the prizes to the winners.