Ashbeer Saini extends lead to five shots

 Karnal, Haryana, June 21, 2018: Kapurthala’s Ashbeer Saini fired a three-under-67 in round two of the PGTI Feeder Tour event at the Madhuban Meadows Golf Club in Karnal, Haryana, to extend his lead to five shots as his total read 10-under-130.

Noida’s Dipankar Kaushal shot the day’s best score of seven-under-63 to move up from tied 16th to second place at five-under-135.

Ashbeer Saini (63-67), the overnight leader by four shots, began the second day on a positive note with two birdies on the first three holes. He chipped-in for birdie on the third.

The 24-year-old Saini dropped a stroke on the fifth but soon came roaring back with three chip-putt birdies on the sixth, ninth and 10th. Ashbeer conceded his second bogey of the day on the 14th to end up with a solid 67.

Saini said, “It was a mixed round if I compare it to round one. I made quite a few chip-putts but missed some close putts as well. I also had some terrific par saves today.

“I have a comfortable lead at the moment but I’ll look to play my own game in the final round rather than thinking too much about the scores. The process of getting back to my best is as important to me as the result.”

Dipankar Kaushal’s (72-63) excellent tee shots and driving saw him rise into contention as he mixed eight birdies with a bogey on Thursday. Dipankar found the edge of the green with his drives on as many as four occasions.

Dipankar said, “I putted really well as compared to round one. I’ve had some good scores this season but just need more consistency. Good performances on the Feeder Tour will help me get in the groove for the main tour later this year.”

Lucknow’s Amardeep Rawat made two eagles during his round of 66 that lifted him from tied eighth to third at four-under-136.

Karnal’s Maniram occupied tied 30th place at six-over-146.

The cut was declared at seven-over-147. Thirty-six golfers made it to the last round.

Gurugram-based Dhruv Sheoran (72-76), the winner of the first two events of the Feeder Tour season and the Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader, missed the cut by one shot.

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