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Muniappa surges into the lead

Special Correspondent

Kathmandu: C. Muniyappa of the Karnataka Golf Association took over the lead in the Surya Nepal Masters golf tournament with another card of three under 69 while overnight leader Vinod Kumar of Delhi slumped to tied fourth place with a card of five over 77 after the second round of the PGAI championship.

Muniyappa has shown promise with top ranking finishes in the past. However, his sudden lapses of concentration have proved his undoing. On day two at the Gokarana Forest Golf Resort, the Bangalore youngster picked up his game after a horrible start. Muniyappa hit a low on the second hole logging a double bogey. After that, his outward journey was a series of pars and a birdie on the ninth meant that he was still one over.

On the inward journey, he birdied holes 12 to 15and did not drop a shot after that to finish three under for one stroke lead over Nabin Mondal.

In his element

Nabin was in his element on the back nine too. After his first round showing of two under, Nabin played to level par on the first nine holes. Two birdies and two bogeys marked Nabin's card on the first nine. But coming back into the club house, Nabin had four birdies with a single lapse on the back nine to finish with a three under.

Amardip Singh Malik had the best card of the day, submitting a four under 68. A total of six birdies, five in the first nine holes and one on the second put him joint fourth position with a two day total of 140.

Meanwhile, it was announced that there would be no play on Friday owing to a bandh. Two rounds would be played on Saturday.

The results (after two rounds): Professionals: C. Muniyappa (69, 69) 138; Nabin Mondal (70,69) and Shamim Khan (70, 69) 139 each; Amardip Singh Malik (72, 68), Gurbaaz Mann (69, 71), Amritender Singh (69, 71) and Vinod Kumar (63, 77) 140 each; Sanjay Kumar (72, 69), A.S. Lehal (71, 70), Ajai Gupta (69, 72), S. Madaiah (68, 73) 141 each.

Amateurs: Shivram Shrestha (72, 72) 144; Raj Pradhan (72, 76) 148; Ravi Khadka (73, 76) 149; R.K. Pradhan (78, 76) 154; Surya Sharma (76, 80) 156; Tashi Tsering (78, 82) 160.

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