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Mann wins Surya Nepal Masters

December 17, 2005 19:56 IST

Gurbaaz Mann, who came a hair's breadth close to winning his first professional title at the Surya Nepal Masters 2004, ensured there were no hiccups this time round, romping home to a fantastic win at nine-under 207 at the 2005 tournament, in Association with Nepal Tourism Board, at the par-72, Le Meridien Kathmandu Gokarna Forest Golf Resort. 

The winner, who shot a final round five-under 67, pocketed Rs 1,89,840 (Rs 3,03,744 NC), for his effort.

Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia, the second ranked pro on the 2005-06 Amby Valley PGAI Tour Order of Merit, finished tied second with 2002 Surya Nepal Masters winner, Uttam Singh Mundy, at seven-under 209. 

The runners-up got took home Rs 1,01,940 (1,63,104 NC) each.

Shamim Khan and overnight leader C Muniyappa finished tied fourth at six-under 210.

Among the Nepalese pros, Deepak Thapa Magar and Toran Shahi finished tied 19th at 218 to pocket Rs 15,360 (24576 NC), while Deepak Acharya recorded a 25th place finish at 220. 

Amateur Shivram Shrestha finished a creditable 26th at 221.

Meanwhile, Vivek Bhandari recorded the second hole-in-one of the tournament.

Bhandari used a nine-iron to ace the par-three tenth McDowells Signature hole.  Bnandari, like Uttam KC did in the opening round, won his weight in McDowells Signature whiskey.

Sandeep Syal returned an eight-under 64 for the best round of the day.  Syal finished tied-eighth at 213.

The prizes were given away by Mr. Tek Bahadur Dangi, CEO - Nepal Tourism Board.

SCORES (after 54 holes): 207 Gurbaaz Mann(69,71,67); 209 SSP Chowrasia(72,70,67), Uttam Mundy(70,72,67); 210 Shamim Khan(70,69,71), C Muniyappa(69,69,72); 211 Harinder Gupta(72,70,69), Amritinder Singh(69,71,71);  213 Sandeep Syal(76,73,64), Amardip Malik(72,68,73); 214 Vivek Bhandari(71,71,72), Feroz Ali(69,73,72), S Madhaiah(68,73,73), Vinod Kumar(63,77,74).

Nepalese pros: 218 Toran Bikram Shahi(69,75,74), Deepak Thapa Magar(73,72,73); 220 Deepak Acharya(75,72,73) Amateurs: 221 Shivram Shrestha(72,72,77); 224 Raj Pradhan(72,76,76).