Vastavam web: Youngsters Shubhankar Sharma and Dipankar Kaushal stole the thunder from established names, Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa, with the day’s best scores of four-under-68 in round one of the TAKE Open Golf Championship 2017 here.Local lad Shubhankar and Noida’s Kaushal jointly led the field by one stroke as a bunch of five players including Chandigarh’s Sujjan Singh, Delhi’s Vikram Rana, Pradeep Kumar of Noida, Kolkata’s Md Sanju and Veer Ahlawat of Gurgaon, occupied the joint third place with identical scores of three-under-69.
Shubhankar said, “Everything seemed to fall in place for me today. I struck it well off the tee and played some good wedge shots after a long time. I also hit a lot of greens in regulation. I controlled myself really well and managed the course well.” Kaushal, meanwhile, fresh from a top-20 last week in Noida where he posted an opening round of six-under, carried on the good work, matching Shubhankar’s opening round effort courtesy six birdies and two bogeys. The 31-year-old Kaushal came up with two chip-ins on the day, first on the third and then on the seventh.Among the star attractions in the field, Rashid Khan and Jyoti Randhawa made good recoveries after poor starts.
While Rashid followed his opening hole double-bogey on the 10th with three birdies to lie tied 17th at one-under-71, Jyoti, who was two-over through three holes, finally finished with an even-par-72 to occupy tied 29th place.