Kolkata: Delhi youngster Honey Baisoya played some classy golf to beat the National champion and No. 1 S Chikkrangappa 3&2 in the 36-hole Goodricke Eastern India Matchplay Golf final that ended two holes early on Sunday.
Baisoya, who started as the underdog in the final, was always ahead in the match, right from the first hole. Chikka, well as he played, was always trying to catch up. At no stage did he manage to even draw alevel as Baisoya kept his nose slightly ahead in the final at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club.
Baisoya had six birdies in the first round of 18 and three more in 16 holes in the second round of the final while Chikka had three birdies in both rounds, but more importantly Baisoya dropped fewer bogeys.
With six birdies in the first round of 18 holes, Baisoya had Chikka struggling. Three of the birdies came in the first five holes and in next to no time Baisoya was three-up. He missed a par on the seventh and lost one. They parred the ninth with birdies from both and then Chikka came closer as Baisoya bogeyed the 11th at which stage the Delhi boy was just one-up.
Then he birdied the 12th and 15th to go three up. Chikka did reduce the gap to two with a birdie on 16th, but Baisoya was sitting pretty with a two-hole advantage after the first round of 18 holes.
That lead swelled to four by the time the players came for the final nine. Both halved the next five holes with pars and on 12th both birdied it. Baisoya was then four up with four go, making it a must for Chikka to win stay in the match. Chikka did win the 15th with a birdie to make it 3-up for Baisoya, but then with them halving the 16th the match was over 3&2 for the Delhi boy.
It was a big win ahead of the All India Amateurs to be held in January and Baisoya can now look forward to dethroning Chikka, who has been the top golfer this year.