Nagarkoti closes in on victory

Kathmandu, November 29

Bhuwan Nagarkoti extended the lead to nine strokes after the third round of the Surya Nepal Challenge at the Royal Nepal Golf Club today.

The Gokarna Golf Club pro Nagarkoti carded one-under 67 to post the score of 10-under 194 after 54 holes. Going into the final round, Nagarkoti will have an advantage of nine strokes over Dhana  Bahadur Thapa. The Army Club pro Thapa carded four-under 64 to climb to second position at one-under 203.

Nagarkoti, who carded five-under 63 and four-under 64 in the first two rounds, played one-under 33 before taking the turn and saved pars on all holes on the back nine. His front nine included three birdies on the second, fourth and sixth holes and he dropped shots on the third and ninth holes.

Thapa carded a total of five birdies on his way to playing two-under 32 on each half and came up with the best card of the round. He earned strokes on the first and seventh before taking the turn and carded three birdies on the 10th, 12th and 13th holes. Thapa was undone by a lone bogey on the final hole.

Former Nepal No 1 pro Rabi Khadka (68) and veteran Deepak Magar (71) were third at even-par 204. Khadka shot one-over 35 on the front nine and carded one-under 33 on the back nine. He suffered a double bogey on the second hole and faced a bogey on the eighth against birdies on the fifth and ninth. On the back nine, Rabi carded birdies on the 12th and 17th and in between dropped a shot on the 16th hole.

Magar who finished at the second place after second round, did not fare well. He faced a double bogey on the second hole on his way to shooting two-over 36 on the front nine. Deepak then dropped shots on the 11th, 14th and 18th holes against birdies on the 12th and 17th.

Surya Prasad Sharma (70) and Ramesh Nagarkoti (67) shared the fifth position at one-over 205, while Bhuwan Kumar Rokka (69) was seventh at 206.  Rame Magar and Yelamber Singh Adhikari were tied for eighth at four-over 208, while Jayaram Shrestha was 10th at 211. Nepal No 1 pro and the winner of the previous two events of the season Shivaram Shrestha played two-over 70 to remain at 11th position with the total score of nine-over 213.

In amateur section, Tanka Bahadur Karki maintained his lead with the total score of nine-over 213. The national team member Tanka carded six-over 74 and was four strokes ahead of Subash Ghising, who shot a 72 for the total score of 217.

A total of 40 players — 30 pros and 10 amateurs — are taking part in the tournament organised by Nepal PGA under the sponsorship of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd. Out of the total cash purse of Rs 420,000, the top three players will receive Rs 80,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 35,000 respectively.