Gurugram, Haryana, 27-08-2019

Kushal Singh grabs the early lead at Golden Greens

Gurugram’s Kushal Singh, fresh from his runner-up finish at last week’s event in Karnal, continued the momentum with a four-under-68 to take the first round lead at the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour 2019 Presented by Golden Greens Golf Club being played in Gurugram.

The quartet comprising of Chandigarh duo Zubin Nijhawan and Amrit Lal and Delhi-based players Gulfam Pappan and Sahil Kulkarni were in joint second with scores of two-under-70.

Twenty-four-year-old Kushal Singh, who already has two top-10s in the current Feeder Tour season and occupies fourth place on the money list, had a quiet start as he made two birdies and two bogeys over his first six holes (10th to 15th). Kushal then hit his straps with a good par save on the 17th where he recovered despite a poor tee shot followed by a birdie on the 18th.

On the front-nine, Singh having found his rhythm picked up three more birdies on the third, fifth and ninth to move into the sole lead on day one of the Feeder Tour season’s fourth event. Kushal capitalized on all the four par-5 holes with birdies on each one of them.

Kushal said, “I posted my career-best finish in Karnal last week so I’m carrying forward the momentum from that performance. I made a lot of good up and downs today and made the par-5s count. I didn’t have a great start today but the birdie on the 18th changed things as it gave me the confidence for the front-nine.”

Digvijay Singh and Shivendra Singh Sisodia, both playing at their home course, ended round one with scores of 71 to be tied sixth.

Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader Anil Bajrang Mane of Mumbai fired a 72 to be placed tied 11th.

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