SIXTH BTI OPEN GOLF

Japanese Higa takes solo lead

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Apr 25,2018 | Updated: 00:34, Apr 25,2018

 
 

Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman hits the ball on the opening day of the Sixth bti Open 2018 International Golf Tournament at the Kurmitola Golf course on Tuesday. — New Age photo

Japanese golfer Kazuki Higa made a cracking start in the Tk 50 lakh Sixth bti Open 2018 International Golf Tournament when he took a solo lead in the first round with 10-under-par 62 at the Kurmitola Golf Club on Tuesday.
The tournament is tri-sanctioned by Asian Development Tour, Professional Golf Tour of India and Bangladesh Professional Golf Association.
Higa, the 23-year-old golfer, put some brilliant effort to hit 10 birdies to take a five-under-par lead in the first round while Miguel Carballo of Argentina and Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden shared the second position with five-under-par 67.
Bangladesh’s Zamal Hossain Mollah and Shakhwat Hossain Sohel also shone on the first day as both golfers finished with four-under-par 68 to share fourth position along with three other golfers.
Among 53 local golfers, Dulal Hossain and Sajib Ali also put some great effort in the first round to share the ninth position with four other golfers as they played three-under-par 69.
Two-time Asian Tour winner Siddikur Rahman made an ordinary start in his own golf course as he played two-under-par 70 to share the 15th position with 11 other golfers.
Zamal, who began the day with a bogey in the very first hole, hit five birdies including three in the back nine-hole while Sohel made a brilliant eagle in the third hole but had to remain content with four birdies against two bogeys.
Zamal believed he had ability to reduce the distance with the table topper in the next three days.
‘It’s my home course so playing 20 or 22 under is very much possible for me,’ said Jamal.
‘Even though Japanese golfer did very well in the first day but I’m confident to keep me in the title race.’
Siddik, who won season’s first Asian Development Tour [City Bank American Express Dhaka Open] title just three month before in the same course, was not worried with his first day performance.
‘I’m satisfied with my performance in the very first day,’ Siddik said.
‘I’m sure I will be back in the title race with my performance in the next three days.’ 

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