Golfers Chikka, Chowrasia help Take Chennai lift Louis Philippe Cup
Bengaluru, June 4 (IANS) Take Chennai's S Chikkarangappa and S.S.P Chowrasia joined hands to pull the rug from under three-day leaders Dev Chandigarh's feet to clinch the Louis Philippe Cup at the KGA golf course here on Saturday.
The duo stitched together a dazzling nine under 135 for a final tally of 21 under 555 to take home the team bounty of Rs 36 lakh, with the three members pocketing Rs 12 lakh each.
Chikkarangappa had the additional satisfaction of picking up Rs 3 lakh more for finishing on top of the individual leaderboard after the four rounds with an overall aggregate of 10 under 278 after the four rounds. He rounded up his fine show with a five under 67 that, along with Chowrasia's four under 68, was enough to complete the dramatic win.
The Chandigarh team had to be content with the second place and a team purse of Rs 24 lakh (Rs 8 lakh each) as it couldn't sustain its good show on the day when it mattered most.
Himmat Rai shot a steady two under 70 but both Sujjan Singh and Amardip Malik went over par (73 and 75) to lose the battle. They eventually finished three strokes behind the leaders (18 under 558).
NSports, who had jumped strongly into contention on Friday were unable to produce the same electricity in the fourth round as Om Prakash Chouhan and Gaganjeet Bhullar's efforts could only land them in the third spot. Chouhan shot three under 69 while Bhullar fired two under 70 on the final day of the competition.