Shamim Khan emerges victorious in Surya Nepal Masters

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Kathmandu, Jun 7 (UNI) Indian golfer Shamim Khan produced another sub-par round of 3-under 69 for a tournament tally of 23-under par 265 to win the Surya Nepal Masters at the Gokarna Forest Golf Resort here today.

Khan reduced the event to a one-man battle while forcing others to fight for the second place.

A jittery moment was when he began with a bogey reducing the overnight lead to seven. However, with three consecutive birdies on the next three holes, he shut out what ever doubts the handful of spectators had about the pint-sized dynamo.

Playing some solid golf, Shamim saved two more strokes on the par-5 seventh and the par-4 ninth, both which had strategic pin placements.

''I cannot express my happiness in mere words. It is terrific to win,'' Shamim said after getting reacher by Rs 3,24,000.

Shamim continued his march and excepting a bogey on the par-3 13th, the Delhi lad cruised through for his career's second win.

''I think my front nine was crucial today and I am happy that I sailed through,'' he said. ''In my last appearance here, I had lost from a winning position. And hence I was careful not to repeat the same mistakes and that was the key.'' However, Anura Rohana from Sri Lanka brought in the day's best card of 6-under 66 to finish second at 276, ahead of a fighting Vijay Kumar who had to be content with a third place at 278.

Sujjan Singh was fourth at 280 while Harinder Gupta with a final round of level par 72 finished fifth, thus registering another top ten finish in consecutive weeks after his win in Chandigarh.

Gurbaaz Mann trying to attack paid the penalty registering a 4-over 76 to finish sixth at 283.

Vijay Kumar and Gurbaaz Mann, the two in the hunt both were one-over for their front nine and were left to fight for the minor placings.

Meanwhile, Anura caught fire making birdies on the sixth, seventh and the ninth to take the turn at 3-under. He did seem to waver a bit as he made a bogey on the 11th but resurrected the same with a birdie on the very next hole. After he had saved another stroke on the 15th, the Sri Lankan made an eagle-two on the tough par-4 17th that catapulted him to the second place.

Deepak Neupane with another brilliant round of 4-under 68 emerged as the best Nepalese professional tying for the seventh place along with Vinod Kumar and Sanjay Kumar at 284. Amardip Malik and Nepalese sensation Shiva Ram Shreshta were tied for the 10th place at 286.

In the international Amateur Event, Bangladesh emerged victorious steamrolling past the opposition by a huge margin of 26 strokes.

The duo of Shekawat Hussain and Shahid aggregated 579 to lead Bangladesh to victory. The duo of Rupak Acharya and Tashi Ghale helped Nepal A finish second while India finished third.

Top Scores after 72 holes (All Indians except mentioned): 265 Shamim Khan (62, 64, 70, 69); 276 Anura Rohana (68, 69, 73, 66); 278 Vijay Kumar (69, 65, 70, 74); 280 Sujjan Singh (71, 68, 69, 72); 282 Harinder Gupta (70, 70, 70, 72); 283 Gurbaaz Mann (65, 68, 74, 76); 284 Vinod Kumar (68, 70, 73, 73), Sanjay Kumar (73, 70, 73, 68), Deepak Neupane (77, 75, 64, 68); 286 Amardip Malik (72, 67, 77, 70), Shiv Ram Shrestha (71, 72, 73, 70); 288 Ramesh Kumar (77, 69, 72, 70), Siddikur Rahman (B'desh) (71, 70, 75, 72), Vishal Singh (75, 74, 69, 70); 289 Ranjit Singh (71, 72, 74, 72) UNI XC RKM CS UCS1837

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