Pros disappoint in first round of WC qualifier

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s professional golfers Ramesh Nagarkoti and Pashpati Sharma lie bottom of the table after the first round of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup Qualifier at the Seri Selangor Golf Club in Malaysia today.

Nagarkoti and Sharma combined to score the worst fourball first round score of 11-over 82 in the 14 team qualifier. The top three teams after four rounds will qualify for the World Cup slated for Novermber 26-29 in China.

The Philippines produced a superb performance to take a commanding four-stroke lead. Mars Pucay and Angelo Que, both Asian Tour regulars, combined effectively for an 11-under 60 to take a comfortable lead over Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing and Mardan Mamat, who carded a 64.

In all, 28 nations will play at the World Cup where they will vie for a total purse of $5.5 million.


• 60 — Philippines (Mars

Pucay, Angelo Que)

• 64 — Singapore (Lam Chih Bing, Mardan Mamat)

• 66 — Hong Kong (David

Freeman, Wong Woon Man), Malaysia (Danny Chia,

Iain Steel)

• 67 — Myanmar (Zaw Moe,

Soe Kyaw Naing)

• 68 — Pakistan (Muhammad Shabbir, Muhammad Munir)

• 69 — Indonesia (Maan Nasim, Sarmilih), Bangladesh (Milon Ahmed, Siddikur Rahman)

• 70 — Nigeria (Christian Utubor, Edet Umoh), Sri Lanka (Lalith Kumara, Anura Rohana)

• 74 — Brunei (Faiz Damit,

Pengiran Hassanal), Ghana (Theophilus Kodjo,

Emos Korblah)

• 77 — Mauritius (Rajesh

Mohun, Jocelyn Savrimootoo)

• 82 — Nepal (Ramesh

Nagarkoti, Pashupati Sharma)