Bishmadpal Singh Seerha and Akshay Neranjen share lead after Round of PGTI Pre Qualifying I

Akshay Neranjan and Bishmadpal Singh. Pics: PGTI

Ahmedabad, January 7: Amateur golfers Bishmadpal Singh Seerha of Chandigarh and Akshay Neranjen of Bengaluru shared established the lead leaders with scores of two-under 70 in round one of Pre Qualifying I of the TATA Steel PGTI Qualifying School 2022 Presented by Gujarat Tourism being played at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf Club in Ahmedabad.

Nineteen-year-old Bishmadpal Singh Seerha laned an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys during his round of 70. Seerha, who had finished as the best amateur at PGTI’s event in Panchkula last year, found the green in two for his eagle on the Par-5 12th. He also made an outstanding par-save from 30 feet on the 14th. Bishmadpal was ranked 12th on the amateur circuit in 2021.

The 20-year-old Akshay Neranjen, ranked fifth on the amateur circuit in 2021, made four birdies and two bogeys in round one. Akshay, who had claimed a creditable tied fifth place at a PGTI event in Bengaluru in 2019, took advantage of the Par-5s on Friday as three of his four birdies came on Par-5s. He also made a great recovery for a bogey on the 13th after hitting his tee shot out of bounds.

Neranjen said, “My ball-striking was quite consistent, especially my approach shots, as I made 14 greens in regulation. I also played the Par-5s really well. I’m carrying the confidence from my top-5 finish at the PGTI event in 2019 and also from my win at the Western India Amateur last month.”

Bengaluru’s Raunil Kukar, another amateur, was tied third at one-under 71 along with Pune-based professionals Pratik Nirmale and Aditya Bhandarkar.

of a total field of 101, the top 26 players (+ ties) will qualify from Pre Qualifying I, a 36-hole event, for the Final Qualifying Stage. There are three Pre Qualifying events in total.

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