Forest Hills Golf Resort, Karoran, Mohali, 11 Sep 2013

Arjun Singh Chaudhri stays three shots clear on day two

Arjun Singh Chaudhri of Noida was the round two leader by three shots at the PGTI Feeder Tour event being played at the Forest Hills Golf Resort in Mohali district of Punjab. Chaudhri carded a one-over-71 on Wednesday that took his two-round total to four-under-136. Delhi’s Honey Baisoya was placed second at one-under-139.

The cut was declared at 12-over-152. Thirty-nine professionals made the cut.

Arjun Singh Chaudhri (65-71), the overnight leader, continued to be on top of the leaderboard after a fighting 71 in round two. Chaudhri picked up his first birdie of the day with a 15-feet conversion on the fourth. He followed that up with a chip-putt for birdie from 50 yards on the fifth. Arjun missed a one-foot putt to drop bogey on the sixth.  

Chaudhri suffered a major setback on the 13th where he double-bogeyed after a three-putt. He then got back on track with a chip-in for birdie on the 15th and a chip-putt from 35 yards for a par-save on the 16th. The 34-year-old closed the day at one-over after missing an up and down for bogey on the 17th.

Chaudhri said, “I didn’t hit it as close as I had done in round one. I had just 12 greens in regulation and didn’t make enough birdies. I missed some short putts today. However, I feel my short game is still very sharp and with a three stroke lead heading into the final day I’m quite well-placed. The chip-in was the highlight of my second round.”

Honey Baisoya (71-68) fired the day’s joint best score of 68 to climb from overnight tied fifth to second position. His round featured five birdies and three bogeys.

Ashbeer Saini of Kapurthala and Gurgaon’s Shubhankar Sharma were in tied third place at one-over-141.

Chandigarh’s Ranjit Singh occupies tied eighth place at five-over 145 while Angad Cheema of Panchkula is in tied 23rd place at nine-over-149.

Chandigarh golfer Harmeet Kahlon lies in tied 34th place at 11-over-151.  

Rookie golfer Rahul Singh Pathania of Chandimandir fired a hole-in-one on the eighth hole. The 19-year-old hit his 5-iron tee shot to perfection as it landed in the hole after the first bounce. Pathania, however, missed the cut by one shot as he totaled 13-over-153 to be placed tied 40th.


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