Chandigarh golfer Angad Cheema was tied 25th along with Aditya Bhandarkar, Abhishek Jha, Manav Jaini, Digvijay Singh, Rafik Ali Moolah, Jaideep Patwardhan and seven more players with a round of par 72 on the opening day of the PGTI Eagleburg Open being played at Eagleton Golf Course near Bangalore. Other Chandigarh golfers Abhijeet Singh Chadha and Harendra Gupta were sharing the tied 47th spot along with ten other players with a score of 2-over 74. Rahil Gangjee of Kolkata, Arshpreet Thind of Gurgaon and Sri Lanka’s K Prabagaran fired scores of four-under-68 to share the lead in round one. Mukesh Kumar of Mhow, Lucknow’s Sanjay Kumar, Jaipur-based Vishal Singh and Delhi golfer Kapil Kumar are in tied fourth, one stroke off the lead. Arshpreet Thind had an ideal start to the tournament as he found the par-5 10th green in two shots and subsequently two-putted for birdie. He then converted a 10-footer for birdie on the 14th. Another birdie followed for Arshpreet on the 15th before his first bogey of the day on the 16th that came as a result of a missed chip-putt. Thind, who so far has two top-10s to his credit in professional golf, sank putts from 25 feet and 15 feet for birdies on the fifth and ninth respectively.
Playing his first ever competitive round at Eagleton, Gangjee produced a terrific approach shot from 100 yards on the sixth that landed within eight feet of the pin and led to a birdie. He hit the green in two on the par-5 10th to pick up another birdie. The 12th saw Rahil hole a massive 35-feet birdie putt, while on the 14th he converted a downhill curling 12-feet birdie putt.