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Lucknow, 09 Sep 2014

Shivendra Singh Sisodia fires three-under-67 for round one lead

Lucknow’s Manoj Kumar placed second, Gaurav Verma makes hole-in-one

Shivendra Singh Sisodia of Delhi fired a three-under-67 to take the opening round lead at the PGTI Feeder Tour event being played at the Lucknow Golf Club. Lucknow’s Manoj Kumar was a shot off the lead in second place.

Shivendra Singh Sisodia’s 67 featured six birdies and three bogeys. The 25-year-old Shivendra had the ideal start to the tournament as he chipped-in from the bunker for birdie on the first hole. He then found the green on the par-5 third in two shots to add another birdie to his card. The professional from the Aravalli Golf Club in Faridabad dropped a stroke on the fifth but cam back strongly by landing it close for birdies on the sixth and ninth. Two good chip-putts earned Sisodia two more strokes on the back-nine. He also conceded two bogeys on the back stretch.

Sisodia said, “My hitting and approach shots were excellent in round one, however, my putting left a lot to be desired. I missed some short putts. Nonetheless, it’s a brilliant start to the tournament. I just want to keep driving well and continue to make good up and downs like I did today.”

Manoj Kumar kept local hopes alive with his round of 68 that included four birdies and two bogeys.

Lucknow golfers Bhoop Singh and Sanjeev Kumar were a further shot back in tied third place along with Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader Akshay Sharma of Chandigarh and Patna’s Md Islam.

Defending champion Sanjay Kumar of Lucknow was placed tied 16th after a round of two-over-72. Vijay Kumar, another Lucknow golfer, was tied 29th at five-over-75.

Delhi’s Gaurav Verma, who carded a 78 to be tied 44th, made a hole-in-one on the fourth hole.

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