Rashid wins Lalit Suri Northern India Golf Championship

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New Delhi, Jul 4 (UNI) Saved by a 6-shot cushion, Rashid Khan emerged champion overcoming a fighting Chikkarangappa in the the Lalit Suri Northern India Junior Sub-Junior Golf Championship here today.

Rashid with a final round of 1-under 71 finished with a 4-day aggregate of 4-under 284 to complete back to back victories after his win at the DGC last week.

The Delhi lad, who began the day with a five-stroke advantage, faced a stiff challenge right from the word go when Chikkarangappa went on a birdie spree making three of them in the first four holes.

In the wake of an attacking mode adopted by the 15-year-old, Chikka also made a bogey in between (3rd and 8th).

Meanwhile, Rashid adopted a cautious approach at least on the front nine and grabbed the opportunity to save a stroke whenever he struck one.

The 17-year-old made birdies on the 2nd, fourth, 7th and 8th while making a solitary bogey on the sixth to take the turn at 3-under.

''I am thrilled to win back to back titles,'' said an excited Rashid. ''Chikka played well but I was determined to win.

Excepting the last two holes, everything about my game was working quite well,'' said the champion.

Bangalore lad Chikkarangappa who submitted the day's best card of 69 had to be content with the second place.

However, he has the solace of winning the Category 'B' title.

Vicky Sharma finished third at 295 while Kanishk Madan was fourth at 297. Trishul Chinnappa (Cat B) was fifth overall at 302 while Ankur Chadda and Kapil Kumar shared the sixth position at 306.

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