| Gagan Verma at the RCGC on Tuesday. A Telegraph picture |
Calcutta: Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka won the Goodricke Eastern India golf title, spoiling overnight leader Gagan Vermas party on Tuesday.
Two-up after the first 18 holes in the 36-hole final, Gagan lost his tempo thereafter, allowing Perera to come back strongly. The Sri Lankan won 4 & 3 in the final of the stroke play cum match play event, which formed the 11th leg of the LG Indian Amateur Golf Tour.
Gagan began the day by winning the first hole with a birdie only to square it on the third. He wrested the initiative to win the 4th, 7th and 10th to go three-up. Mithun reduced the margin on the 11th. The duo shared a hole each on the 14th and 16th, respectively, as Gagan went into the breaker two-up.
When play resumed, Perera made a birdie on the 19th hole to cut the lead to one-up. After matching his rival stroke for stroke over the next three holes, the 24-year-old from Royal Colombo Golf Club won four holes in a row to be three-up.
Gagan pulled one back on the 27th, winning it with a birdie. As the battle between the two intensified, Gagans wayward tee shot on the 33rd hole proved costly as Perera finished with a par to the Delhi golfers bogey.