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Since 1st March, 1999
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Rookie Ashok ahead of field

Calcutta: There just might be a new champion on the horizon, as rookie Ashok Kumar is poised to gather his first professional title, courtesy a third-round three-under 69 at the Noida Open over the par-72 Noida Golf Course Friday.

According to information reaching here, Ashok, the most exciting prospect on the Hero Honda Golf Tour, has tallied eight-under 208 for the tournament. He has set up an exciting final-round battle with the formidable duo of Vijay Kumar and Uttam Singh Mundy, who are just one and two strokes behind.

Lucknow’s Vijay Kumar, along with city-mate Sheeraz Kalra, brought in the day’s best card of five-under 67. Vijay, at second spot at seven-under 209, would have slid a position lower, but for overnight leader Mundy’s vnvbdouble-bogey on the 16th which pushed the Calcutta golfer to third spot at six-under 210.


208 — Ashok Kumar (69,70,69); 209 — Vijay Kumar (74,68,67); 210 — Uttam Mundy (72,66,72); 213 — Mukesh Kumar (73,69,71), Vivek Bhandari (69,73,71), Shamim Khan (69,72,72); 215 — Sheeraz Kalra (73,75,67), SSP Chowrasia (72,72,71); 216 — S Murthy (75,71,70), Zai Kipgen (71,74,71); 217 — Sanjay Kumar (70,72,75) Amateurs: 227 — Jasjeet Singh (78,74,75); 228 — Gagan Verma (75,78,75); 232 — Simarjeet Singh (75,75,82).

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