LAHORE – The Indian golfers, who had the disadvantage of playing at a golf arena new to them, sprang a surprise by winning four team matches as against three won by the hosts and in the process gained a one-point advantage over the ‘Together We Golf Team’ in the three-day golf competition first round which came to an end here at the Royal Palm Golf Course on Friday.

The first round was contested on scrambles match play basis and the teams were divided into seven pairs who really fought it out against each other. Indian seniors really hold their nerves, even at crucial stages during the round, using their yoga lessons to extremely good effect, and produce chips and putts that looked extraordinary. This aspect did tilt the result their way, and cast a momentary spell of distress amongst their opponents. The total points at stake on the first day were seven and the overall score position was 4-3 in India's favour.

For the visiting team, the victorious combinations were RS Bedi and Ini Bawa, Maj Gen (retd) KMS Shergill and Prakash Bhandara, Anil Virmani and Bubbles Suneja and the fourth India pair that achieved victory was Manmohan Singh and Vijay Dhawan. From the Pakistani side, the hot pairings turned out to be the combinations of Sardar Murad Khan and Maqbool Babri, Asad Sheikh and Moeen Salahuddin and the third victorious pair was Asad IA Khan and M Ramzan Sheikh.

For the second round of the contest, the teams move to Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course which will tee off at 9:30am today (Saturday).