Saturday, February 28, 2015

Shamim Khan takes control with a 64 in round three

Shamim Khan

Hyderabad, February 28, 2015: Delhi’s Shamim Khan took a three-shot lead in round three of the Golconda Masters 2015 after he came up with a six-under-64 at the Hyderabad Golf Club on Saturday. Shamim thus took his three-day total to 15-under-195. Harendra Gupta of Chandigarh carded a four-under-66 to be placed second at 12-under-198.

Shamim Khan (63-68-64), who was overnight tied second, put himself in a great position to earn a second straight win on the PGTI after he posted a 64 that featured seven birdies and a bogey. Shamim, who won the last PGTI event played in Noida two weeks back, enjoyed a terrific day with the putter as he sank birdie putts from a range of 15 to 35 feet on the first, seventh, ninth and 18th.

Shamim almost drove the green on the sixth to set up another birdie. He also capitalized on the par-5 11th by finding the green in two and making birdie. The three-putt on the 14th led to his only bogey of the day.

Shamim said, “In the previous rounds just one part of my game seemed to be clicking. But that was not the case today. All aspects of my game, be it hitting, putting or bunker shots, were sharp in round three. I recovered extremely well from the fairway bunkers on two occasions. The best birdie of the day was the 35-feet conversion on the ninth which was a very tough putt.

“I’m carrying the confidence from my win two weeks back. I won’t be looking at any number in the final round but will just go out there and play my own game. It would be great to win the first ever professional event to be staged in Hyderabad,” added Shamim.

Harendra Gupta (67-65-66), who was overnight tied fifth, moved up three places to second position as a result of his third round effort of 66 which featured seven birdies and three bogeys. Gupta had a golden run of five straight birdies from the seventh to the 11th.

Noida’s Amardip Sinh Malik (69-61-69), the overnight leader slipped to third place at 11-under-199 post his round of 69 on Saturday. Malik, who broke the course record with his 61 in round two, managed four birdies against three bogeys during round three.

Sri Lankan Anura Rohana occupied fourth place at 10-under-200 while Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa was a further two shots back in fifth position.

Gaganjeet Bhullar moved up from his overnight tied 22nd to tied 14th at three-under-207 courtesy his third round of 69.

Kolkata’s Shankar Das, the 2014 Rolex Rankings champion, also shot a 69 to join Bhullar in tied 14th position.

PGTI Press release

Indian women hockey team announced for the upcoming FIH World League Round 2

New Delhi, February 28, 2015: Hockey India today announced the Indian Women Team for FIH World League Round 2 which is scheduled to be played at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi from March 7 to 15. The league featuring eight teams is divided in Pool A and Pool B.

The 18 member squad will be captained by the very proficient midfielder Ritu Rani who has to her credit of 193 International caps. Deepika, who has represented India in 138 matches will be her deputy. Also, to guard the nets under the bar will be goalkeeper Savita who has made several crucial saves for the team in the past.

 India is placed in Pool A with Poland, Ghana and Thailand while Malaysia, Russia, Kazakhistan and Singapore are placed in Pool B. India is slotted against Ghana in its opening match scheduled for 7 March 2015.

Speaking on the announcement of the team, Mr. Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India said, “This team is full of confidence and an urge to win. They proved this during the recent Spain tour where they gave Germany a tough time and beat them 2-1. Going by their present form I am sure the girls will continue their good show in the upcoming league and win. I wish them all the best.”

The matches of the FIH World League Round 2 (Women) will be telecast LIVE and exclusive on DD Sports.

List of Indian Women Hockey Team for the FIH World League Round 2, 2015

1. Savita
2. Rajani Etimarpu
3. Deep Grace Ekka
4. Deepika (VC)
5. Namita Toppo
6. Jaspreet Kaur
7. Sunita Lakra

8. Ritu Rani (C)
9. Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam
10. Lilima Minz
11. Navjot Kaur
12. Monika
13. Rani
14. Poonam Rani
15. Anupa Barla
16. Soundarya Yendala
17. Amandeep Kaur

18. Vandana Katariya

HI Press release

Amardip Sinh Malik reigns supreme with course record 61

Amardip Sinh Malik

Hyderabad, February 27, 2015: Noida’s Amardip Sinh Malik fired a blistering nine-under-61 to take the lead in round two of the Golconda Masters 2015 and establish a new course record at the Hyderabad Golf Club. Malik led by one stroke at the halfway stage as he totaled 10-under-130. There was a three-way tie for second place at nine-under-131 between Sri Lankan K Prabagaran, Jamshedpur’s Karan Taunk and Shamim Khan of Delhi.

Amardip Sinh Malik (69-61) had a double-bogey start on the first after he hit a poor bunker shot and then missed chip-putt. Malik made up for the early setback as he rallied with birdie conversions from 30 feet and 10 feet on the second and third respectively. There was no looking back for the 29-year-old from there on. Amardip drove the green on the par-4 fifth for his third birdie and picked up two more strokes in quick succession on the sixth and seventh.

The highlight of Malik’s round was the eagle on the par-5 11th where he missed an albatross by a whisker after landing his second shot just a foot from the flag. Amardip, who won his maiden event in December last year, set up four more birdies on the last seven holes by hitting it within six to eight feet of the pin. Malik thus broke the previous course record of 62 set by Prabagaran in round one.

Amardip said, “It was a great recovery after the double-bogey start. I just carried on after the two long conversions on the second and third. I was hitting it close throughout. I enjoyed some good stretches from the fifth to the seventh and again on the 11th and 12thand the last four holes. I could’ve gone lower today had I not missed a few short putts.

“I’m enjoying the conditions here at the HGC and I’ll look to build on this effort in the next two days. The win at the end of last year was a morale-booster and I’ve been playing good golf since then,” added Malik.

Karan Taunk (65-66) moved up two places from his overnight tied fourth after a determined effort of 66. He had two long putts and two good chip-putts. Taunk, the 2014 PGTI Emerging Player of the Year, capitalized on the three par-5s, the eighth, ninth and 11th, by picking up strokes on all three holes. He dropped strokes as a result of finding the trees on the sixth and a couple of missed chip-putts.

“I’ve played the par-5s really well on the first two days. I’ve made birdies on five out of six occasions on the par-5s in the first two rounds. The 20-feet conversion on the seventh was almost a bonus as I wasn’t expecting it. The two unforced errors where I missed chip-putts were the only disappointment. One can’t afford to be on the wrong side of the hole at this course.

“I played well in my rookie season last year but I needed to work on some aspects of my game and so didn’t play the first two events of the season earlier this month. The hard work seems to be paying off,” said Taunk.

K Prabagaran (62-69), the overnight leader, continued to strike it well as he drove three par-4 greens which earned him two birdies. However, his putting let him down, as he three-putted twice. His only bogey was on the 17th where he missed the green.

Shamim Khan (63-68) continued in joint second with a steady 68 that featured three birdies and a bogey. Khan created chances with his iron-play as all his three birdies were tap-ins.

On an eventful day, Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa and Sri Lankan N Thangaraja fired aces during their rounds of 65 and 66 respectively. While Chikka made hole-in-one on the 10th, Thangaraja achieved the feat on the seventh.

Chikka was placed seventh at seven-under-133 and Thangaraja ended the day in tied 13th at four-under-136. Thangaraja closed his round by picking up five strokes on the last four holes as he made birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie from the sixth through the ninth.

Gaganjeet Bhullar, one of the pre-tournament favourites, followed up his opening round of 70 with a 68 on day two to be placed tied 22nd at two-under-138. The Kapurthala golfer’s second round featured an eagle-two on the fifth, four birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey. Bhullar was five-under through 16 holes but dropped three strokes on the last two holes after a double-bogey and bogey finish.

Kolkata’s Shankar Das, the 2014 Rolex Rankings champion, shot a 70 on Friday to join Bhullar in tied 22nd position.

The cut was declared at four-over-144. Sixty professionals made the cut.

PGTI Press release