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Teenager Arjun Prasad, Mithun Perera enjoy slender lead in round two of QA InfoTech Open

Noida, Sep 12 (UNI) Delhi-based teenager Arjun Prasad and Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera
maintained their place atop the leader-board in round two of the QA InfoTech Open 2018
at the Noida Golf Course on Wednesday.
Both Prasad and Perera, who shot scores of three-under-69 to be part of the five-way
lead on day one of the Rs. 50 lakh event, once again came up with matching scores of
one-under-71 on day two to stay in the lead with totals of four-under-140.
Panchkula’s Angad Cheema (70) and Sri Lankan Anura Rohana (71) were one shot
behind the leaders in tied third.
Indian star Jeev Milkha Singh ended the day in tied 17th with a total of one-over-145
after he shot a score of two-over-74 in round two.
The cut went at five-over-149. Fifty-nine professionals and one amateur made the cut.
Arjun Prasad (69-71), playing only his second season as a professional, had a steady
start as he made pars on the first six holes. Prasad, who became the youngest Indian to
earn an Asian Tour card at age 17 in early 2017, made a terrific par save with a chip-in
on the fourth.
The 19-year-old Arjun currently in 22nd place on the PGTI Order of Merit then followed
up his birdie on the seventh with a double-bogey on the next to make the turn at one-over.
The man with three top-10s on the PGTI this year went on to add three birdies and a
bogey on the back-nine to end up with a 71.
Mithun Perera (69-71) mixed four birdies with three bogeys during his round of 71.
Perera landed it within five feet on three occasions. Mithun’s best shot of the day was
his third shot from 75 yards out on the par-5 14th which he almost holed.
Angad Cheema was four-under for the day through 14 holes and was looking good
for the sole lead. However, his two bogeys on the last four holes pushed him back to
tied third at three-under-141. Anura Rohana was also tied for third.
There was a four-way tie in fifth place at two-under-142 between overnight joint leader
Chiragh Kumar (73) of Delhi, C Muniyappa (70) of Bengaluru, Bangladesh’s Md Zamal
Hossain Mollah (68) and Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (71).
Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, who finished fourth in Jaipur last week, was the
only amateur to make the cut. He was placed tied 17th at one-over-145.
Jeev Milkha Singh has been enjoying the experience of playing on the PGTI after
almost a year.
Jeev said, “It’s great to be back on the PGTI and competing with all the Indian
youngsters. The tour has grown by leaps and bounds over the years and there is a
lot of depth in talent.
“The Indian youngsters have a lot of avenues to gain knowledge about the game
nowadays. They need to take advantage of that," he said.
“PGTI’s inclusion in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) system from next
year onwards is excellent news for Indian golf. Our players now have to take
advantage of this new development and not get complacent," Jeev said.
“World ranking points will give PGTI professionals opportunities to play abroad.
So they should now set their sights on higher tours. They need to keep pushing
themselves and get out of their comfort zones if they want to become world-class
players," he said.
“The key should be to start by setting small goals which are achievable and then
keep moving ahead," Jeev added.
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