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Rashid fires 6-under to lead at Sunfeast Golf

Mumbai, Dec 18 (UNI) Delhi lad Rashid Khan fired a six-under 64 to take the lead in the opening round of the Sunfeast Western India Junior/Sub-Junior golf championship at the Par-70 Bombay Presidency Golf Club here today.

Vicky Sharma was lying a far second with 1-under par 69 while Amanjyot Singh shot a level par 70 to be in the third position.

Rommel Majumdar was sole foruth with two-over 72 while Angad Cheema was fifth with 73 while Rahul Bakshi was tied for the sixth spot along with Abhijit Chada at 74 as only two sub-par cards were recorded for the day.

Rashid, who was just back from double wins in the Nick Faldo Series in China last week, was striking the ball well right from the moment he teed off.

Making a birdie on the opening hole, the 16-year-old made an eagle on the fourth. A good tee shot couple with a perfect 7-iron left him for a 20-feet eagle putt which he sank with ease.

Another birdie followed on the next hole as the young lad from Delhi continued his march making consecutive birdies on the seventh and eighth to be six-under after the front nine.

Rashid continued in the same vein on his return journey opening saving a stroke on the par-3 10th. However, the youngster who belongs to Delhi Golf Club made his first and only mistake on the par-four 15th hole where he duffed his second shot and landed in the green side bunker and could make a up and down.

''I admit that it was a real bad shot and paid the penalty. But I am happy with my round as I hit it really well,'' said Rashid who hit 14 greens and made 26 putts.

Meanwhile, Vicky Sharma made four birdies on the fifth, seventh, 10th and 12th while making three bogeys on the sixth, ninth and 15th to return a card of 1-under 69.

Leading scores (after 18 holes): Category A: 64 Rashid Khan; 69 Vicky Sharma; 70 Amanjyot Singh; 72 Rommel Majumdar; 73 Angad Cheema; 74 Rahul Bakshi, Abhijit Chadha; 75 Kapil Kumar, Siddarth Semwal, Sanjeev Kumar, Wasim Khan Category B: 72 Chikkarangappa; 74 Ashbeer Saini; 77 Hemendra Choudhary; 79 Karamjot Dhindsa; 81 Amanpreet Singh, Namit Gambhir Category C: 79 Rahul Ravi; 80 Abhishek Kuhar; 81 S Sidhartha; 82 Manu Gandas; 83 Varun Verma UNI XC PDS AB HT1912

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Story first published: Wednesday, December 19, 2007, 20:50 [IST]
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