Lucknow, 10 Sep 2014

Shivendra Singh Sisodia opens three-shot lead with second straight 67

Lucknow’s Manoj Kumar occupies second place

Shivendra Singh Sisodia of Delhi extended his lead to three shots in round two of the PGTI Feeder Tour event being played at the Lucknow Golf Club. Sisodia fired a second straight three-under-67 to take his total to six-under-134. Lucknow golfers Manoj Kumar (three-under-137) and Sanjeev Kumar (two-under-138) were placed second and third respectively.

Shivendra Singh Sisodia (67-67), the overnight leader by one stroke, drained a seven-footer for his first birdie of the day on the third. He missed the green on the eighth and as a result dropped a stroke to go back to level-par for the day. The 25-year-old, who plays at the Aravalli Golf Club in Faridabad, then sank three consecutive birdies on the 12th, 13th and 14th to consolidate his position on top of the leaderboard. Sisodia’s longest putt of the day was the 15-feet conversion on the 13th.

“I’m delighted to be three ahead at this point. My hitting was accurate through the round. However, I continued to miss short putts even today. The tied 11th finish at Forest Hill last week has helped me grow in confidence. I’m looking forward to a solid finish here that will help me climb up several places from my current Feeder Tour Order of Merit ranking of 26,” said Shivendra, who is now staring at his maiden title.

Lucknow golfers Manoj Kumar (68-69) and Sanjeev Kumar (69-69) returned scores of 69 and kept the local hopes alive by ending the day in second and third positions respectively. While Manoj made four birdies against three bogeys in round two, Sanjeev came up with two birdies and a bogey.

Defending champion Sanjay Kumar of Lucknow and Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader Akshay Sharma of Chandigarh were bunched together with another Chandigarh golfer Ravi and Patna’s Md Islam at joint fourth place with totals of one-under-139.

Lucknow’s Vijay Kumar was placed tied 18th at six-over-146.

The cut fell at 10-over-150. Thirty-nine professionals made the cut.

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