Karnal (Haryana), Aug 21 : Delhi-based Dhruv Sheoran shot a top-notch six-under-56, his first ever bogey-free round in a professional tournament, to grab the first round lead at the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour 2019 Presented by Madhuban Meadows being played here on Wednesday. While the 24-year-old Sheoran, the 2017 PGTI Qualifying School champion, raced away into the lead on day one, 22-year-old rookie Yuvraj Singh Sandhu of Chandigarh was placed second at five-under-57.
As a result of heavy rain one day prior to the event, the 14th and 15th holes, both par 4s, have been rendered unplayable for the whole tournament, thus all three rounds will feature 16 holes each with the par for the course being 62. Dhruv Sheoran, a two-time winner on the Feeder Tour last year, shot his best round of the season to take the honours on Wednesday.
Sheoran started well with a terrific tee shot and chip on the 10th where he tapped-in for birdie. Dhruv’s chipping came to his rescue once again on the 16th where he managed to salvage a birdie with a five-foot conversion despite an erratic drive. On the front-nine, Sheoran picked up four more birdies to earn his place at the top of the leaderboard.
His birdies on the front-nine included three quality up and downs on the second, fourth and sixth and a near perfect tee shot on the par-3 fifth that landed a foot from the flag. Dhruv, currently in second place in the Feeder Tour Order of Merit, said, “It’s great to post my first ever error-free round in a tournament. The feel-good factor from this round should help me carry forward the form into the next two rounds.
Everything just seemed to fall in place today. I hit some brilliant drives, had some good chips and putted consistently.” While Yuvraj Singh Sandhu mixed six birdies with a bogey to be placed second, Gurugram’s Kushal Singh occupied third place at four-under-58. Karnal golfers, professional Mani Ram and amateur Ritesh Kumar, were both in joint 13th place with scores of even-par-62.
Suryadeep Lather, another Karnal-based professional, returned a 10-over-72 to be placed tied 77th. Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader Anil Bajrang Mane of Mumbai carded a one-over-63 to be tied 20th.UNI