Nagarkoti and team win Pro-Am title

Dharan: The team of pro Bhuwan Nagarkoti and amateurs Sanjeev Tiwari, Bisesh Limbu and Rohit Acharya won the title of the Surya Nepal Eastern Open Pro-Am title here at the par-70 Nirvana Country Club today.

Played under stableford full handicap format, Nagarkoti scored 39 points as the team accumulated 164 points to finish first. Tiwari earned 44 points, while Limbu and Acharya scored 42 and 39 points respectively.

Local pro Bal Bhadra Rai, who scored 39 points, and his team of amateurs Ritesh Tamang (38), Yubaraj Limbu (38) and Gajendra Limbu (38) finished second with the total score of 153 points. Likewise, the team of pro Rame Magar (38) and amateurs Sunder Rai (38), Arjun Sunwar (38) and Rupendra Gurung (36) came third with the total score of 148 points.

Kaji Rai won the closest-to-the-pin award, while Yubaraj Limbu claimed the longest drive trophy.

A total of 60 players —15 pros and 45 amateurs — took part in the event. The top scorer among pros was paired up with the top three amateurs to decide the winning team.

Similarly, fourth, fifth and sixth amateurs were teamed with the second best pro runner-up team and the third-placed pro was teamed up with next three amateurs for second runner-up team.

Chairman of Nirvana Country Club Health and Golf Resort Sashi Ram Bhandari, Vice-president of Nepal Golf Association Tilak Rai, President of Sunsari District Golf Association Maj Dal Bahadur Rai and NGA Member Maj Man Bahadur Limbu gave away the prizes to the winners.

The professional event concluded on Friday with top pro Shivaram Shrestha winning the trophy with the total score of seven-under 203. On his way to winning the 39th career title, Shrestha registered one-stroke victory over amateur golfers Sukra Bahadur Rai and Tanka Bahadur Karki.

As the amateur players were not allowed to take the cash prize, Sanjay Lama and Jayaram Shrestha shared the second position at one-under 209. Out of the total cash purse of Rs 630,000, top three pros will receive Rs 115,000, Rs 74,000 and Rs 53,000 respectively. In all, 61 players — 30 pros and 31 amateurs — took part in the 54-hole event organised by Nepal PGA under the sponsorship of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd.