Sunit Chowrasia joins Shamim Khan at the top in round two of the Kensville Open

Sunit Chowrasia joins Shamim Khan at the top in round two of the Kensville Open

Highlights -

. Sunit Chowrasia produced a second straight 5-under-67

. Sunit and Shamim settles at the top spot after round 2

. PGTI Order of Merit leader Rashid Khan missed the cut

{Press Release}: Kolkata’s Sunit Chowrasia fires a back-to-back five-under-67 to join Delhi’s Shamim Khan in the halfway lead at the Kensville Open 2019 Presented by TATA Steel PGTI, a Rs. 40 lakh event, being played at the Kensville Golf & Country Club near Ahmedabad.

Pune-based Udayan Mane (67) and Delhi’s Arjun Prasad (70) were two shots off the lead in tied third place.

The cut fell at two-over-146. Fifty professionals and two amateurs made the cut.

Sunit Chowrasia (67-67), who was in third place and one shot off the lead after round one, was exceptional around the greens on day two as he produced a second straight 67.

The 25-year-old Sunit, the nephew of Indian golfing legend SSP Chawrasia, added four more birdies and a bogey thereafter which included a 12-feet birdie conversion on the third to end up with the day’s joint-lowest round.

Sunit, who turned professional in 2018, said, “I didn’t strike the ball as well today as compared to round one. Nonetheless, I managed to get a good start thanks to my short-game as I made two chip-ins early on that lifted my confidence. I played well on the par-5s today having made an eagle and two birdies.

Shamim Khan (66-68), the round one joint leader, continued in the lead on day two after draining six birdies at the expense of two bogeys. Khan was four-under and error-free through his first 11 holes thus staring at an outright lead. But two birdies and bogeys each over the next five holes slowed down his progress.

Shamim said, “I did not finish the round as per my expectations so I’m a little disappointed. But I’m still well-placed and have a good platform to build on for the last two rounds.”

Arjun Prasad, the round one joint leader, slipped to tied third at eight-under-136 after a flawless 70 on Friday. Udayan Mane fired a 67, the day’s joint-lowest score, to join Prasad in tied third place.

Amateur Jay Pandya was the highest-placed among the Ahmedabad-based golfers. Pandya was in tied 13th at three-under-141.

Defending champion Tapy Ghai of Gurugram was a further shot back in tied 18th.

Amateur Anshul Patel was only the second Ahmedabad-based golfer after Jay Pandya to have made the cut. Patel’s total of two-over-146 placed him tied 43rd.

PGTI Order of Merit leader Rashid Khan of Delhi missed the cut by one shot as he totaled three-over-147.