Golconda Masters: Kunal Bhasin leads with five others

Kunal Bhasin of Australia moved into the lead, alongside five others, with a five-under-66 in the second round of the Golconda Masters in Hyderabad.

Five players shared the lead at the end of the second round of the Golconda Masters golf championship at the Hyderabad Golf Club course here on Friday. Australia’s Kunal Bhasin came up with a brilliant effort of five-under-66 to be the joint-leader along with Mukesh Kumar (67) of Mhow, Chandigarh’s Abhijit Singh Chadha (67), Delhi’s Himmat Singh Rai (68) and Bengalurean Khalin Joshi (70).

Reigning champion Ajeetesh Sandhu (67) was tied sixth at five-under-137 along with Samarth Dwivedi (68), Angad Cheema (71), round one leader Sameer M. Shaikh (74), Digvijay Singh (67), M. Dharma (69) and Sri Lankan Anura Rohana (67). The 19-year-old Viraj Madappa of Kolkata returned the day’s best score of seven-under-64.

Kunal Bhasin (69-66), a three-time winner on the PGTI, who was tied 13th overnight, moved up the table courtesy of an impressive 67 that also has six birdies and a lone bogey. He also earned a birdie for almost driving the green on the 15th and chipped in for birdie on the fourth. The cut was declared at two-over-144.

Mukesh Kumar (68-67) and Abhijit Singh Chadha (68-67) moved into the joint-lead from overnight tied seventh having carded scores of 67. Chadha tapped-in for an eagle on the 10th on Friday. Himmat Singh Rai (67-68) birdied all five par-3 holes and the 15th at the cost of a bogey and a double-bogey to gain three places from his overnight tied fourth.

Khalin Joshi (65-70), who was overnight second, also moved into the joint lead after a steady 70. Haider Hussain (74-72), the lone professional from Hyderabad, missed the cut as he totalled four-over-146 to be tied 60th. All six Hyderabad-based amateurs missed the cut. Rahul Ajay was the best performing amateur at eight-over-150 and was tied 79th.