Shrestha fires eight-underShivaram Shrestha fired a course record eight-under 59 to take three-stroke lead over Chuda Bahadur Bhandari after the first round of the NPGA President’s Cup golf tournament
The top-tanked Nepali golfer Shrestha bettered the previous RNGC match of Deepak Thapa Magar and Ramesh Nagarkoti. It was also his second score of eight-under par after returning with the same card dueing the Ghana’s Open at the Tribhuvan Army Officers’ Golf Club.
Shrestha’s finished the bogey-free first nine with birdies on the fourth, fifth and ninth holes. And his journey back was even more sizzling as the RNGC pro eagled the par-5 10th. He dropped a shot immediately but compensated with birdies on the 12th, 13th, 16th and 18th holes for a back nine score os five-under 29.
Bhandari was three shot behind the leader despite returning with a bogey-free five-under 62. Surya Prasad Sharma was two shots adrift at at 65 while Rame Magar was fourth at one-under 66. Purna Sharma, Bikash Adhikari and Pashupati Sharma were tied for fifth at even-par 67. Mani (Bal Bhadra) Rai hold the eighth position at one-over 68, while Dhana Bahadur Thapa and Jayaram Shrestha share the ninth place. Thapa Magar and Sunil Mizar were tied for 11th at two-over 69.
Bhandari shot two-under 31 on the front nine with the help of birdies on the fifth and sixth holes. Bhandari added another three-under 31 on the back nine. His last nine card included three straight birdies begining from the 15th hole. Tanka Bahadur Karki leads the amateur category with the score of one-over 68. Arun Tamang is hot on the heels of Karki, one shot behind at 69. Bikash Bogati languishes at eight-over 75.
In all, 42 golfers—35 pros and seven amateurs—are taking part in the three-day tournament, the seventh event held under the Surya Nepal Golf Tour. The cut will be applied after the second round with top 21 players making it to the final round. The eventual winner will earn Rs 55,000 while the second and third-placed golfers will walk away with Rs 37,000 and 28,000 respectively. Others in final round cut are also assured of their share of cash prizes.