Ahmed emerges sole leader

Syed Saqib Ahmed tees off in the  second round of Karnataka Junior golf meet on Wednesday. DH PHOTO

Ahmed oscillated from the ordinary to the brilliant before settling for a wonderful one-under 71 on another sweltering day at the Karnataka Golf Association.

With a total of 151, the 17-year-old who trains at the KGA course, now holds a solid six-shot lead over Aman Raj and club-mate Trishul Chinnappa, the later struggling with his game but very much within the title race.

Teeing off in hot mid-afternoon sun and a slightly wet course to contend with, Ahmed made fluctuating start to the day which pretty much remained the script until the end of his round. He started off with a bogey on the first but bounced back quickly, picking up shots on the second and third before dropping a shot on the fourth.

After a sedate journey over the next seven holes, Ahmed’s roller-coaster ride resumed and in more spectacular fashion. He bogeyed the 12th, birdied the 13th before double-bogeying the 14th. He then picked up a stroke on the 15th, dropped one the 16th, sunk his fifth birdie of the day on the 17th before ending his day in fitting fashion, firing a eagle on the par-5 18th.

Aditi Ashok brought home an improved card of 76, to take a four-shot lead in girls Category A&B.

Leading scores (after 36 holes): Boys: Category A&B: 145: Syed Saqib Ahmed (74, 71); 151: Aman Raj (78, 73), Trishul Chinnappa (75, 76), Shubhankar Sharma (73, 78); 153: Rohan Sharma (76, 77); 155: Manpreet Mann (79, 76), Kushal Singh (76, 79), Viraj Madappa (78, 77).

Category B: 155: Viraj Madappa; 158: Feroz Singh Garewal (80, 78); 159: Shiv Srinivasan (79, 80); 160: Nishant Bais (73, 87); 164: Samar Singh Sandhu (85, 79), Akash Modi (83, 81), Arjun Malik (83, 81), Jairaj Sandhu (80, 84).

Category C: 163: Tanvir Kahlon (82, 81); 168: Arjun Puri (87, 81); 169: Kartik Sharma (87, 82), 174: Karandeep Kochar (88, 86); 180: Jaiveer Singh (89, 91).

Girls: Category A&B: 156: Aditi Ashok (80, 76); 160: Raksha Phadke (81, 79); 168: Millie Saroha (83, 85); 177: Mehak Sharma (90, 87); 178: Nikita Arjun (92, 86), Amrita Sarna (91, 87). Category B: 156: Aditi Ashok; 237: Trisha Kumar.
Category C: 187: Shruti Shenoy (97, 90); 191: Suchitra Ramesh (93, 98); 200: Arushi Pandey (101, 103).

Category D (both boys and girls, after 18 holes): 84: Devansh Chadha; 89: Harshjeet Sethi; 92: Manav Bais; 99: Tanrika Singh, Krishiv Tekchandani.

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