Calcutta: Manav Das carded a four-under 68 to take possession of the top spot after the opening round in the Goodricke East India amateur golf championship at RCGC Thursday.
Gagan Verma was following the leader with an even par round of 72.
Vikram Rana was a stroke behind at 73.
Local challenger and veteran Sanjeev Mehra and Saurav Bahuguna were on the heels of Rana, a stroke adrift, while Jasjeet Singh and Vikrant Chopra returned scores of 75.
It was a great round for Manav who had an eagle on the fourth hole to follow up his second hole birdie. Then he went on to birdie the fifth, 13th and 16th holes.