ADT: Sharma races two shots clear

Thu 29 Oct 2015

ADT: Sharma races two shots clear

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Bangalore, October 29: Young talent Shubhankar Sharma of India pulled two shots clear from title holder Chikka S and compatriot Himmat Rai after shooting an eight-under-par 64 at the halfway stage of the TAKE Solutions India Masters on Thursday.
The 19-year-old Sharma, who opened with a 67, fired nine birdies against a lone bogey to lead on 15-under-par 129 at the US$120,000 event, which is the 24th leg of the Asian Development Tour (ADT) schedule this season.
Chikka S of India
Defending champion Chikka signed for a 66 to share second place with one-time Asian Tour winner Rai, who carded a 67, while overnight leader Greg Moss of the United States slipped to fourth on 132 following a 70 at the Eagleton-The Golf Village.
American Casey O’Toole, who leads the current ADT Order of Merit, registered a 69 to stay eight shots off the pace in tied-14th position at the TAKE Solutions India Masters, which is the ADT’s first and only stop in India this season.
Sharma, who joined the play-for-pay ranks in 2013, took advantage of the easy scoring conditions at the Eagleton course to cap his best round ever on the region’s burgeoning Tour.
“I have been hitting the ball well. I played good both yesterday and today and I putted great. The course is in a good condition. It’s a relatively easy course. If you can putt well, your score can easily go low. The only challenging part is the greens this week because it’s quite soft due to the rain these two days,” said Sharma.
“I just want to play my best for the next rounds and try to stay in the game. It’s a good position to be in right now but there are still a lot more to do,” added the young Indian, who is playing in his second year on the ADT.
Chikka, who opened his campaign with a 65, returned with a bogey-free round highlighted by six birdies to give his title defence a lifeline at the TAKE Solutions India Masters.

“I gave myself a lot of birdie chances. I hit the ball good although I left a few putts out there. I know I had an advantage on this course because I’ve been playing here since I was young. You will surely the pressure of playing in front of your home crowd but I think I’m handling it quite well so far this week,” said the 22-year-old.
With the Olympic Games looming in 2016 where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, players in the region could earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro by earning OWGR points through the Asian Tour and ADT.
The ADT is celebrating its sixth season where it has grown immensely from five events in the first year in 2010 to a record 27 tournaments in 2015.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com
Leading second round scores:
129 – Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 65-64
131 – Chikka S (IND) 65-66, Himmat RAI (IND) 64-67
132 – Greg MOSS (USA) 62-70
135 – Trishul CHINNAPPA (IND) 65-70, N. THANGARAJA (SRI) 65-70, Naman DAWAR (IND) 66-69, Rashid KHAN (IND) 65-70, Shivendra Singh SISODIA (IND) 68-67
About TAKE Solutions
TAKE Solutions, Ltd. [BSE: 532890 | NSE: TAKE] is a leading domain focused technology company offering services/solutions to the global market. The company provides cost-effective and comprehensive solutions for enterprises across diverse sectors including pharmaceuticals, high technology, consumer packaged goods, oil/gas, and automotive.
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TAKE’s global headquarters is in Chennai, India; its U.S. headquarters is located in Princeton, New Jersey. TAKE has a proven track record as a trusted partner in delivering world-class solutions to more than 400 customers worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.takesolutions.com.
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.