Asian Air Gun Championship: Mehuli, Tilottama clinch gold medals on day two
India’s Mehuli Ghosh and Tilottama Sen clinched gold medals in the 10m air rifle category on day two of the 15th Asian Air Gun Championships in South Korea on Saturday.
Mehuli overpowered Korea’s Cho Eunyoung 16-12 in the women’s 10m air rifle final while Tilottama defeated compatriot Nancy in the final.
On day one, Divyansh topped the two stages of qualificiation and beat Bang Seungho of Korea 17-9 for the gold in the juniors category.
Vani best Indian at tied 13th place in Jeddah as all four make cut
Jeddah: The Indian quartet of Vani Kapoor, Diksha Dagar, Amandeep Drall and Tvesa Malik made the cut at the Aramco Team Series – Jeddah.
Vani, who has been in good form of late as the season moves towards the closing stages, added 2-under 70 to her first round 3-under 69 and was 5-under to be tied 13th.
She was the best-placed Indian in the field at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
Diksha (71-72), on the other hand, was tied 32nd and Amandeep (74-70) with two late birdies was tied 46th.
Tvesa (71-74) made things tough for herself with a double bogey on her last hole, but squeezed inside the cut line at 1-over and she was tied 56th.
Overall, in the individual competition, England’s Charley Hull holds a one-shot lead heading into the final day after carding a bogey-free round of 7-under 65 to be nine-under-par.
Hull, winner of the individual champion from the 2021 Aramco Team Series – New York, had a phenomenal front nine to make the turn in six-under and then finished with a flourish with a birdie on 18.
Three players sit in a tie for second place with Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, Slovenia’s Pia Babnik and Italy’s Virginia Elena Carta all on eight-under-par.
Vani started on the tenth but was 2-over by her eighth hole. A birdie on 18th, her ninth hole, was followed by a bogey on the second. She was 2-over at that point.
A birdie on third reversed the momentum and she closed with three birdies in a row. On the first day, she had four birdies in her first five holes and carded 3-under 69.
Diksha had just one birdie on 13th and one bogey on sixth in her 72.
Amandeep was even par through 12 holes with a total of 2-over and outside the cutline. But back-to-back birdies on fourth and fifth took her inside the line as she finished at 2-under for the day and even for 36 holes in tied 46th place.
Tvesa seemed to be making the cut comfortably before she gave away a double bogey on her last hole to just scrape in.
Defending champion Babnik was the only player able to match Hull on day two as she also produced a round of 7-under 65 with eight birdies and one bogey.
South Africa’s Garcia and Spain’s Ana Peláez Trivino are in a share of fifth place on seven-under with one round remaining.
In the team competition, Team Wolf with Christine Wolf, Laura Beveridge, Alexandra Swayne and amateur Raghdah Alessawi and Team Garcia with Nicole Garcia, Casandra Alexander, Tereza Melecka and amateur Sonia Bayahya finished tied at the top of the leader board at the conclusion of the 36-hole team event.
With both teams level on 29-under-par, they will playoff for victory at the conclusion of the third round tomorrow afternoon at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
Chawrasia, Madappa tied 30th as five Indians make cut in Cairo
Viraj Madappa and S. S. P. Chawrasia were among five Indians who made the 36-hole cut at the USD 1.5 million International Series Egypt in Cairo. Madappa (67-70) and Chawrasia (68-69) were the best Indians at tied 30th.
The others to make the cut where Ajeetesh Sandhu (70-69) and S. Chikkarangappa (70-69), who were tied 46th, and Gaganjeet Bhullar (71-69) who was tied 61st. Karandeep Kochhar (73-68), Saptak Talwar (73-68), Veer Ahlawat (69-72), Honey Baisoya (70-72) and Aman Raj (72-71) missed the cut, which fell at even par.
Chawrasia, starting on the 10th, had just one birdie on the 18th and 17 pars, while Madappa had two birdies and two bogeys. Sandhu at 2-over with three holes left looked like he might miss the cut but then birdied his last three holes from seventh to ninth to ensure weekend action.
Bhullar, on the other, was well-placed but bogeys on fourth and eighth on his second nine made it tense for him but he made the cut on the line. Canadian Richard T. Lee moved into the lead on day two, bidding to make amends for letting victory slip from his grasp last Sunday.
He shot a five-under-par 65 at Madinaty Golf Club to go to 11 under for 36 holes. He leads by one from American Andy Ogletree, who carded a 64. American Sihwan Kim is a shot further back following a 66 at the Asian Tour’s first-ever visit to Egypt.
Two-time Japan Tour winner Jinichiro Kozuma is tied with Kim after shooting 64. Overnight leader Scott Hend from Australia had a disappointing day, shooting a 74 to sit seven off the pace.
Americans Jarin Todd (66) and Trevor Simsby (67), Australia’s Travis Smyth (67) and South African Jaco Ahlers (68) are three off the lead.
Sharma starts well in second round at Nedbank as weather halts play
Johannesburg: India’s Shubhankar Sharma played just eight holes, hitting three birdies, in the second round when play was halted due to inclement weather at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on the DP World Tour here.
Sharma, who shot an even par 72 on the first day, was 2-under through eight holes with three birdies against one bogey when play was stopped. He was lying tied 17th at the point.
Luke Donald and Ryan Fox were two shots ahead of the field. The leading duo had only completed three holes with thunder and lightning in the immediate vicinity of the Gary Player Country Club.
Even when the lightning threat dissipated, heavy rain continued, leaving areas of the course waterlogged, and the decision was taken to suspend overnight.
European Ryder Cup captain Donald and overnight leader Fox both started the day brightly with birdies on the second hole. When the Kiwi bogeyed the third, both players were tied at eight under par when the klaxon sounded.