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Firoz Ali’s team wins Pro-Am

Jamshedpur: Former Indian Open champion Firoz Ali led his team to victory in the Pro-Am event of the Rs 10 lakh inaugural Tata Steel Open Wednesday.

In one of the best-attended Pro-Ams of the Hero Honda Indian Golf Tour, a total of 33 teams — comprising one professional and three amateurs — teed off.

Firoz’s team — which included Vikram Singh, Alan J. D’Souza and Tarun Daga — tallied 104 stableford points. D’Souza contributed 38, Vikram 34 and Firoz 32.

There was a two-way tie for the second place between Rahul Ganapathy and Ashok Kumar’s team (103 points each). Ganapathy’s team of B. Muthuraman (34), Sunil Marwah (33) and S.N. Sinha (29 points) was adjudged first runner-up on the basis of better fourth-partner score.

Ashok’s team had Sandeep Singh at 32, Bushen Raina at 34 and S.K. Dhawan at 16. Sinha’s better score (than Dhawan) clinched runner-up spot for Ganapathy’s team.

Shraddhanjali Singh — the only lady participant — walked away with the second best individual nett score prize. Shraddhanjali, who has a handicap of 15, scored 36 points to miss the top prize by just one. It went to Shashi Tiwari.

Among professionals, Calcutta’s Rafiq Ali returned the day’s best — a five-under 65 which fetched (41 stableford points). Sanjay Kumar of Lucknow took the second best pro score prize with a two-under 68 (38).

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