Ahmed tightens grip on golf battle in Vietnam

LAHORE  – Pakistan’s 19-year-old Ahmed Baig continued to hold sway in the under-21 years’ age category by scoring gross 138 three under par after the completion of the second round in the three-round Nick Faldo series final Golf Championship in progress at the Laguna Lang Co Golf Course in Vietnam.  

According to the information made available here Friday, in the second round, Ahmed played superbly on 14 holes, birdying five of them, there were some hicups too as he encountered a double bogey on one hole and bogeys on two holes. Barring these errors, the fierceness in his approach was apparent and this approach enabled him to continue as a leader in age bracket under 21 years.  

Sukra Rai of Nepal and Nathen Tan of Singapore stood bracketed at a two rounds aggregate score of 142, three shots behind the leader. Kevin Caesario (Singapore) and Hayato Yoshida (Japan) gathered gross 144. Speaking on the occasion, Ahmed said: “I am very pleased with my stroke making today, as every shot brought forth a heartwarming pleasure. And I feel confident about the final round on Saturday too.” 

In the age category under-18, Hiroki Miya of New Zealand was leader with score of 135. Pakistan’s M Saqib improved his score from 78 to 72 and also improved his position from 11th to fifth. Pakistani girl Aania Farooq was placed 11th in her age group with scores of 82 and 83 while Humna Amjad finished 17th in her age group with scores of 83 and 79.  

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