Naman Dawar takes opening round lead at Paramount GolfForeste Delhi – NCR Open Golf Championship 2018
Delhi, April 17, 2018: Delhi’s Naman Dawar made the biggest splash in round one of the inaugural Paramount GolfForeste Delhi – NCR Open Golf Championship 2018 courtesy his course record score of eight-under-64 at the Noida Golf Course. Dawar’s error-free 64 which also accounted for his career-best effort gave him a one-shot lead on day one.
Karandeep Kochhar of Chandigarh occupied second place after returning a 65 on Tuesday.
Naman Dawar, inspired by his performance in Pune last week, where he compiled a total of six-under at the halfway stage, was once again off to a terrific start at this week’s event in Noida.
The 38-year-old from the Delhi Golf Club (DGC), who is yet to win his maiden title, struck a sizzling 64 on Tuesday, a round that featured six birdies and an eagle.
Dawar, currently 45th on the PGTI Order of Merit, produced two chip-ins, one for birdie on the third and the other for eagle on the 17th. He also rolled in a 40-feet par putt on the 11ththat helped him raise the intensity in the middle stages of his round.
The big-built Naman, who has two runner-up finishes to his credit, said, “I’m super excited and super happy about today’s round. It’s great to shoot my career-best and also set the course record. I hit it like a dream and wherever I didn’t hit it well my putting came to my rescue.
“The first two rounds in Pune last week were real confidence-boosters even though I didn’t end that tournament as well as I would’ve wanted to.
“Both my chip-ins today came from difficult spots. I made an excellent par putt from about 40 feet on the 11thwhich kind of propelled my round to a different level. The eagle was special as it came right at the end pushed me up to eight-under.”
“I’ve gone through a slump for the last few years but now I feel there is some kind of a spark in my game and this could be the season when I could turn things around.”
Eighteen-year-old Karandeep Kochhar, who has three top-20s so far this year, continued his consistent showing in the season with a 65 in round one at Noida that included a 40-feet eagle conversion on the eighth, eight birdies and three bogeys.