Arjun Sharma, Bikramjit Singh Sandhu and Gulfam among leading quintet on day one in Jaipur

Bikramjit Singh SandhuThe first round of the PGTI Feeder Tour event at the Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur turned out to be a highly competitive one as the lead was shared between five golfers at four-under-66.

The leading quintet consisted of Greater Noida’s Arjun Sharma, Delhi golfers Bikramjit Singh Sandhu and Gulfam, Lucknow’s Amardeep Rawat and Victor Hans of Jalandhar.

Arjun Sharma produced one of the best rounds of his career as he sank an eagle and six birdies at the cost of four bogeys. The highlights of his round were the 20-feet eagle conversion on the 17th and the hat-trick of birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh which also featured some long putts.

Sharma said, “I haven’t had a great season on the main tour this year but I drew confidence from my top-10 finish at the Feeder Tour event in Karnal last week. My putting was outstanding today.”

Bikramjit Singh Sandhu, the runner-up at the second event of the Feeder Tour season in Faridabad, recovered well after his bogey on the fifth. Sandhu picked up strokes on the sixth and eighth to make the turn at one-under. He then drained three birdie putts from a range of 10 to 30 feet on the back-nine.

Sandhu said, “I created a lot of chances for myself by hitting 15 greens in regulation and landing it close on several occasions. I felt I was rushing through my rounds last week but today I planned it much better and as a result improved on my ball-striking.”

Gulfam, the 2014 Feeder Tour Order of Merit champion, was also in the mix thanks to a round which featured five birdies and a bogey.

Victor Hans produced the only bogey-free round among the leaders while Amardeep Rawat had six birdies and two bogeys.

Sandeep Singh, Chandarjeet Yadav and Hemendra Choudhary were joint sixth with scores of three-under-67.

Gurugram-based Dhruv Sheoran, the Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader, came up with a two-under-68 to be tied ninth.