Super Syed dazzles

Bangalore’s Syed Saqib Ahmed shattered the course record with a scintillating round of 7-under 65 in the Tata Steel Amateur golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Kalhaar Blues and Greens Golf Club on Tuesday, which also saw two hole in ones by Chennai’s Tarak Swamy and Shakti Singh of Delhi on the 16th.

In the sweltering heat of 43 degrees celsius, Syed birdied 10 holes on his way to the top of the leaderboard.

Thailand-based Samarth Dwivedi, fresh from a second place finish last week, was tied second three strokes behind alongside amateur tour veteran Simarjeet Singh. Five other players finished under par alongside the leaders as Manu Gandas with a 69 was placed fourth and Udayan Mane, Viraj Madappa and Babloo Yadav were all tied for the fifth place and the winner of the last leg Karan Taunk being in the eight position with a 71.

Elsewhere on the course, there was more drama especially on the 16th hole which turned out to be a paradise for two golfers in particular, Tarak and Shakti, both of whom aced the hole with a perfect tee shot.

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