Chandigarh, March 2 (IANS) Khalin Joshi carded one-under 71 to beat the more experienced S.Chikkrangappa in the Samarvir Sahi Amateur Golf Championships on the Indian Golf Union circuit on Friday.
Joshi, who shot the tournament’s best of five-under 66 in the third round extended his lead to four shots by the end of the event. Joshi was six-under 278 for four days and four shots ahead of Chikka’s two-under 282 at the Chandigarh Golf Club.
All India Matchplay finalist Gagan Verma reserved his best for the last day as he shot three-under 68 and moved to third at three-over 287 and he had some consolation as he finished ahead of Angad Cheema, who beat him in the All India Matchplay finals. Cheema shot 67 and finished at 293 in fourth place.
Simarjeet Singh, another experienced player, and former Sri Lankan Open winner, carded 69 and ended in fifth place with a total of 295 and Manav Das (75) was sixth. Honey Baisoya (75) was seventh at 297.
Joshi played a steady final round with two birdies on the front nine and then had one bogey but no birdies on the back nine. Chikka had two birdies and three bogeys in his round.
Gagan had six birdies and three bogeys in his 68 and Cheema, whose first round 80 proved costly, had six birdies and two bogeys.
Joshi picked up 45 points for the win, while Chikka took 35 and Verma 31. Cheema grabbed 29 and Simarjeet Singh 27. Manav Das in sixth placed earned 24 points.