Bajrang Mane equals course record to take lead

Anil Bajrang ManeKarnal: Anil Bajrang Mane of Mumbai fired an outstanding eight-under-61 to grab the round two lead at the PGTI Feeder Tour event being held at the Madhuban Meadows Golf Course in Karnal. The leader now has an overall score of 10-under-128. Raju Singh of Noida is placed second at nine-under-129.  The cut was declared at one-over-139. Thirty-eight players made the cut.

Anil Bajrang Mane (67-61) equaled the course record set by Arjun Singh Chaudhri and Mahinder Singh last year with his second round effort of eight-under-61. Mane started with a bogey on the 10th but came back strongly with birdies on the 11th and 12th. The 28-year-old from the Bombay Presidency Golf Club picked up two more strokes on the 15th and 16th thanks to some excellent chipping. Mane made a chip-in on the 16th.

Mane earned three straight birdies on the 18th, first and second to move to six-under for the day. Anil sank a 50-footer on the second. He wrapped up the day with two more birdies on the fourth and sixth.

Mane said, “My short game was immaculate today. I made some brilliant chip-putts and a chip-in. I was also in good form with the putter as I made a total of 23 putts in round two. My confidence is high after today’s round and I’ll try to carry forward the momentum into the final round. I’ll not get too ahead of myself and will take it hole by hole on the final day.”

Raju Singh’s (63-66) second round 66 featured six birdies and three bogeys and placed him second at nine-under-129.

Aditya Raj Kumar Chauhan (65-65) is placed third at eight-under-130.

Randhir Singh Ghotra of Chandigarh and C G Somiah of Bangalore share fourth place at seven-under-131.