Karachi, Pakistan, 11 Oct 2018

Honey Baisoya shoots opening round 68 to be tied third at UNA CNS Open Golf Championship in Pakistan

India's Honey Baisoya shot an opening round of four-under-68 to lie tied third, one off the lead, at the Asian Tour's UMA CNS Open Golf Championship.

Baisoya, who struck six birdies and two bogeys on day one, trailed the joint leaders, Thailand's Namchok Tantipokhakul and Pakistan's Ahmad Baig, by one shot at the Karachi Golf Club.

Honey, who has posted two top-10s on the Asian Tour in 2018, said, "Shooting four-under-par today was satisfying, especially after I played badly in the last two events in Chinese Taipei. I was struggling in my ball striking but after playing in the pro-am, I was telling my caddie that it has come back.

"I’m typically a good ball striker and I love using my driver. I hit it straight off the tee box and I’m going very aggressive. I don’t think I have a problem with the tight fairways here on this golf course. But of course, being on the fairway is an advantage.

"I sunk some very good putts today. It felt great to sunk a 30-footer for birdie at the ninth, in front of the public no less.

"I’ll continue to go aggressive tomorrow. That was how I played when I was a junior golfer and an amateur and that worked well for me."

Amandeep Johl fired a one-under-71 to be tied 17th.

M Dharma and Digvijay Singh were a further shot back in tied 27th.

Kushal Singh and Gaurav Pratap Singh came up with scores of 73 to be tied 43rd. 


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