29 Sep, 2011-KATHMANDU, Nepal- Surya Nepal Golf Tour an sponsored championship by Surya Tobacco Company started Golf in Nepal back to 90’s.
Nepal No 1 pro Shiva Ram Shrestha carded even-par 67 on the final day for a total of four-under 197 to register two-stroke victory over Rabi Khadka and Ramesh Adhikari in the Shornima Open- the fourth event under the Surya Nepal Golf Tour 2011-12 on Wednesday. Rabi shot one-over 68, while Ramesh scored two-under 65 for the total score of two-under 199 at the Royal Nepal Golf Club on Wednesday.
With the overall 13th career title and second of the season, Shrestha earned Rs 60,000, while Rabi and Ramesh pocketed Rs 37,500 each. Veteran RNGC pro Deepak Thapa Magar finished fourth at three-over 204 after the final round score of one-under 66 and received Rs 24,000. Sanjay Lama (70) claimed the fifth position with the score of 207, while Mani Rai and Deepak Neupane finished joint sixth at 208 and received Rs 17,000 each.
Yelamber Singh Adhikari came eighth at 211 to earn Rs 14,000, while Ram Thapa finished ninth at 212 and earned Rs 12,000. Sharma brothers, Pashupati and Surya Prasad were tied for 10th with the total score of 214 and received Rs 9,500 each.
Shrestha, who led the field for the first two days, was in early trouble on the final day after he suffered consecutive bogeys on the first two holes. But Khadka, who had one-stroke lead, after the first two holes failed to keep the momentum going and fell behind after fifth hole and saw himself two strokes behind after seven holes.
After the two bogeys on the first two holes, Shrestha carded three birdies on the front nine to take a turn at one-under 32. On the back nine, he suffered a lone bogey on the last hole. On the other hand, Khadka managed even-par 33 on the front nine that included a birdie on the sixth after dropping a shot on the fifth hole.
On the back nine, Khadka also saved pars on the eight holes before suffering a bogey on the final hole. Ramesh Adhikari shot one-over 34 on the front nine, but bounced back on the back nine hitting three-under 31 to share the second position.
Gorkha Lama won amateur section title with the score of 20-over 221, while Dinesh Prajapati finished second at 222. A total of 26 pros and 20 amateurs had participated in the three-day event.