Indians improve position in World Amateur golf

India’s star on Day 2 was Arjun Prasad, who shot even par 71 at Mayakoba Golf Club. The other Indian score that was counted for the day was a 73 from Naved Kaul, while first day’s best performer Indira Lakshminaryana Aalaap shot 75.

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After two days, the best Indian in individual standings is Arjun Prasad (74-71) in 64th place.   -  Getty Images

The Indian team improved its overnight position from 44th to 35th at the end of the second round of the 30th World Amateur Team Championship (WATC) late on Thursday.

India’s star on Day 2 was Arjun Prasad, who shot even par 71 at Mayakoba Golf Club. The other Indian score that was counted for the day was a 73 from Naved Kaul, while first day’s best performer Indira Lakshminaryana Aalaap shot 75.

After two days, the best Indian in individual standings is Arjun Prasad (74-71) in 64th place. Last week the Indian women’s team of Tvesa Malik, Gaurika Bishnoi and Diksha Dagar finished 31st. Tvesa was the top Indian in 52nd place at 13-over.

In the men’s section at the upper end of the leaderboard, Australia overtook first round leader Scotland and nearly matched the 36-hole scoring record as it vaulted to an eight-stroke lead after the second round.

Harrison Endycott and Cameron Davis each fired 5-under 66s at the par-71, 6,771-yard Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club.

The Australians, who began the day one stroke behind first-round leader Scotland, posted a 10-under 132 at Mayakoba. Lying in the second place were the United States at 11-under, while Switzerland (-10) and Poland (-9) were behind them. Scotland slipped to fifth at eight-under.

Australia’s two-round total of 19-under-par 267 is one off the WATC record established by the USA in 2012. Curtis Luck, the 2016 US Amateur champion, added a non-counting even-par 71. The best two scores from each country’s three-man team are used.

Endycott, who has won this year’s Porter Cup and was a quarterfinalist at the Australian Amateur, holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to cap his team’s performance.

Davis, who finished second in both the Asia-Pacific Amateur and Australian Amateur last year, recorded seven birdies on his scorecard for the second consecutive day.

Davis at 10-under and Endycott at nine-under were the top in individual standings with Poland’s Adrian Meronk third at eight-under.

The WATC is a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which comprises 147 national governing bodies in 141 countries and 22 professional members.