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Upsets galore at All India Amateur Golf Ch'ship

Top seed Jamal Mollah and his second-seeded compatriot Shahid, Rahul Bakshi, Abhijit Chadha, Pawan Kumar and Amanjyot Singh registered easy victories to advance to the next round.

other Updated: Jan 16, 2008 21:02 IST

The 55th seed Aditya Singh scripted the biggest upset of the day when he sent 10th seed Chien Yao Hung from Chinese Taipei crashing in the first round of the 107th Indian Open Amateur Golf Championship here on Wednesday.

On a day when the better known players met their nemesis, 31st seed Kanishk Madan defeated Pakistan's top ranked player Adil Jahangir while 62nd seed Siddharth Seth showed third seed Rudresh Sharma the way to home.

Arshdeep Tiwana seeded 37th, ended the hopes of defending champion Prabagaran from Sri Lanka while 60th seeded IK Ponappa out-lasted fifth seed Ajeetesh Sandhu.

Top seed Jamal Mollah of Bangaldesh and his second-seeded compatriot Shahid, fourth seed Rahul Bakshi, seventh seed Abhijit Chadha, eighth seed Pawan Kumar and ninth seed Amanjyot Singh registered easy victories to advance to the next round.

Aditya Singh could not have asked for a better start than a series of pars on the first four holes.

Chien Yao Hung who had represented Chinese Taipei in the last Asian Games could not even break par on the first four holes, giving a 4-up advantage to the Indian.

However the Taipei amateur reduced the margin on the sixth hole, thanks to a double bogey by Aditya. The status remained the same until the 10th where Hung made a par against a bogey by Aditya to further reduce the margin 2-0.

Aditya then made two superb birdies on the 13th and 14th to regain a 4-up lead. Even though he lost the next hole, he squared the 16th with a par to win 3 & 2.

"I just wanted to make par and succeeded most of the times. The first four holes proved crucial as I got a brilliant start," said the De Montfort University student from Jaipur.

Meanwhile, Kanishk Madan made a birdie to go 1-up against Adil Jahangir, who was way off his traditionally good hitting form. Kanishk made a par on the next hole to go 2-up and by the fourth he was 3-up.

Kanishk won the next two holes by the virtue of pars against a hapless Adil who strayed most part of the time. On the back nine, Kanishk increased the lead to 6-up.

The Pakistani pulled one back on the 12th winning it by making a birdie. But that was only a formality as the 17-year-old from Modern School Vasant Vihar, New Delhi birdied the 13th to seal the issue 6 and 5.

IK Ponappa, who made the cut on the bubble was 3-down after the first four holes against Ajitesh Sandhu.

But the Bangalorean made a superb par on the fifth to reduce the margin and did even better winning the next two holes to square the match.

It was on the 10th that Ponappa went into the lead for the first time with a par and in fact made four more pars on the trot as both matched stroke for stroke even as Ponappa lead 2-up after 14.

A double boey costed him the next hole while Ajeetesh made four pars in a row o not only reduce the lead but equalize.

However, a bad tee shot on the 19th hole cost Ajeetesh the match as Ponappa made a par to win the hole and emerge as the winner.