Piyush stars on opening day of Albatross Junior

golfGreater Noida:It was a day dominated by the foreign contingent, but India had her moments as the 4th Albatross International Junior Golf Championship got under way today.

Tapendra Ghai shone in the top category (‘A’), his card of level-par 72 one shot better than Feroz Garewal and three ahead of Manu Gandas, giving India a good start in this category.

Meanwhile, Piyush Sangwan was superb on the opening day, holding off the challenge of top internationals to lead Category ‘B’. Piyush, unfazed as ever, shot a 73 to trump the efforts of Luca Filippi of South Africa and Thailand’s Puwit Anupansuebsai.

Indian girls also sparkled on day one, with Ankita Kedlaya and Seher Atwal excelling in Category ‘B’. Ankita goes into the second day with a one-shot lead over Seher and Kanyalak Preedasutthijit of Thailand.

The star of the day, undoubtedly, was Malaysia’s Lucas Yee Jung Jin, who returned a brilliant three-under 69 in Category ‘C’. It was the day’s best score by far, and gave Lucas a commanding lead of nine shots. Category ‘A’ (girls) saw South Africa’s Cara Gorlei finish 18 holes on 73, a lead of two over her fellow South African, Magda Kruger, and Benyapa Niphatsophon of Thailand.

In Category ‘C’ (girls), Kornkamal Sukaree enjoyed a comfortable advantage over her challengers; the Thai’s 79 was six shots to the good over India’s Arshia Mahant. Thais also held the upper hand in Category ‘D’ with Nattabutara Unyamanee (boys) and Unyamanee Wongaroon (girls) topping the leaderboard, ahead of, respectively, Pratyush Sharma and Anika Varma.