June 01, 2016: Himmat Rai stole the show on Wednesday, firing a 65 at the KGA course in Bengaluru. Rai is leading the Louis Philippe Cup standings by a massive four shot margin over Mithun Perera, the only other golfer to shoot under 70. Dev Chandigarh was leading the team standings at 8-under after the first round, a three shot lead over defending champions Navratna Ahmedabad.
Four golfers made 70 – SSP Chawrasia, Shamim Khan, Mukesh Kumar and Shankar Das are all tied in third position. Abhijit Chaddha lead a group of six golfers at 71 to round out the dozen men that broke par in the first round.
The group at T7 included Chaddha, Chikkarangappa, Khalin Joshi, Sujjan Singh, Chiragh Kumar and M Dharma.
Udayan Mane, Ashok Kumar and Anura Rohana made par. Only fifteen golfers made par or better on a course made challenging by the organisers through intelligent use of the greens.
Rahil Gangjee and Gaganjeet Bhullar had a disappointing day, scoring two over 74 to start their respective Louis Philippe campaigns.
Take Chennai and Laqshya Mumbai are tied in third place two shots behind Ahmedabad and five behind the leaders Chandigarh. Himmat, Sujjan and Amardip are playing for the Dev Chandigarh team.
There are eight teams in contention this week trying to stem the dominance of Ahmedabad. They have won this event in three out of four years, including the last two editions.
Navratna Ahmedabad, TAKE Chennai, DLF Gurgaon, Jaypee Greens Greater Noida, Zion Hills Bengaluru, Dev Chandigarh, NSports Hyderabad and Laqshya Mumbai are the eight teams.
Mithun Perera, Anura Rohana and Shankar Das are playing for Ahmedabad. Gangjee, Dharma and Chaddha represent Bengaluru.
Chawrasia, Chikkarangappa and Khalin Joshi team up for Chennai. Greater Noida is represented by Rashid Khan, Shamim and Udayan.
Manu Gandas, Shubhankar Sharma and Ashok Kumar are playing for Gurgaon. Bhullar, Ajeetesh Sandhu and O P Chouhan are in the Hyderabad team.
Chiragh, Mukesh and Abhinav Lohan are representing Mumbai.