Four golfers make cut, Nepal finish third in team event

Kathmandu, January 5

Four Nepali golfers made the cut after the second round of the 32nd Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championship, while Nepal ‘A’ finished third in team event at Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka today.

Sukra Bahadur Rai, Tenzing Tsering, Tanka Bahadur Karki and Tashi Ghale made it to the final two rounds, while Prithivi Malla missed the cut by just one shot. The cut was applied at 25-over and Malla shot second straight 13-over 85 to miss it by a stroke. A total of 51 players survived the cut.

Rai is the best among the Nepali golfers after he carded one-over 73 to add to his overnight score of 74. He is at the fourth position with the total score of three-over 147. Rai is nine strokes behind leader Mohammed Rasel after the Bangladeshi golfer shot five-under 67 for a 36-hole total of six-under 138. Shomrat Shikder is second at one-under 143, while another local amateur Mohammad Akbar is third at two-over 146.

Tsering is tied for seventh with two Bangladeshi and one Sri Lankan golfers at five-over 149. Tsering, who opened with a 75, played two-over 74 today. Likewise, Karki shot five-over 77 to post a total of nine-over 153, while Ghale, who is also the team manager, shot 77 to add to his overnight score of nine-over 81.

In team event, Nepal ‘A’ of Sukra Bahadur Rai and Tanka Bahadur Karki finished third with the total score of 300. Bangladesh ‘B’ won the title on count back after being tied on 295 with their ‘A’ team. A total of 10 teams — two each from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan and one apiece from Pakistan and Bhutan — took part in the tournament. Nepal ‘B’ team of Tenzing Tsering and Prithivi Malla came eighth, ahead of Bhutan and Afghanistan ‘B’.