| Chinese Taipei’s Sun I Yu, on the opening day of the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship, at the RCGC, on Thursday. A Telegraph picture |
Calcutta: Sun I Yu shot a superb 3-under par 69 to lead Chinese Taipei A into the lead at the end of the first round of the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club on Wednesday.
Sun Yu along with teammate Chun An Yu, who shot a 76, posted a team total of 145. String contenders and hosts India A were placed just a stroke behind with Manu Gandas and Viraj Madappa shooting an identical score of 1-over par 73 for a team total of 146.
Thailand B team, comprising Suradit Yongcharoenchai and Ekthumrong Luanganuruk, were in third place at 152 while the Indian B team of Karandeep Kochhar and Arjun Prasad and the Thailand A team, which included Thanakorn Torsee and Natchapon Eaksen, were tied for the fourth place at 153.
Madappa and Gandas were four shots behind the leader Sun Yu to be tied-second in the individual catgeory. Chang-Heng Lin of Chinese Taipei and Suradit Yongcharoenchai were tied for the fourth place at 74 while as many as three players — Thanakorn Torsee (Thailand), Karandeep Kochhar (India), and Feroz Singh Garewal (India) were all tied for the sixth position at 75.
Coming back after a month’s break owing to a bad patch, Sun Yu, who is one of the best players from Chinese Taipei, shrugged off the rusty form as he went about his business in the right earnest.
“Having played the practice round, I realised that it is a tough course and I thought of making pars,” said Sun Yu. With a lone birdie on the par-5 fourth on his front nine, Sun Yu was just happy not to commit any mistakes. On the back nine, with two consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th, Yun returned home safe and dry.
“The course is very tough in terms of length. And even after you reach the green, you need to tackle the tricky greens,” said the leader who hit 12 greens in regulation while making 28 putts.