Pokhara: Amateur Subash Tamang won the Surya Nepal Western Open, fifth event under the Surya Nepal Golf Tour 2021-22, at the par-68 Himalayan Golf Course in Pokhara on Friday.
Subash played second straight one-over 69 for the 54-hole total of even-par 204. He registered a four-stroke victory over pro Jayram Shrestha for his second career title. He won the Surya Nepal Challenge in 2019 March. Jayram played four-over 72 in the final round for the total of four-over 208 and he received the winning amount of Rs 135,000 as amateur Subash is not eligible for cash prize.
Dhana Bahadur Thapa, Niraj Tamang and Rame Magar were overall third at seven-over 211 and they shared the second position among pros. Dhana played three-over 71, while Niraj shot 70. Veteran pro Rame produced the best card of the day, carding two-under 66. The trio earned Rs 68,834 each.
Local golfer Ajit BK finished second in the amateur section and he is sixth overall with the total score of nine-over 213 after he played three-over 71. He was nine strokes behind winner Subash. Suresh Tamag was a distant third at 221.
Sanjay Lama (73) finished fifth among pros with the score of 214 and he received Rs 45,000, while Nepal No 1 pro Bhuwan Nagarkoti (73) was sixth at 215 taking home Rs 40,000. Dinesh Prajapati (75) came seventh winning Rs 36,000, while Rabi Khadka was eighth at 220 after he played two-over 70 and he earned Rs 33,000. Bal Bhadra Rai finished ninth at 221 and he got Rs 31,000, while local pro Bhu Bahadur Gurung was 10th at 224 to win Rs 29,000.
Winner Subash played two-over 35 on the front nine and carded one-under 34on the back nine. Subash began the day with a bogey and added two more on the sixth and seventh holes. He carded a birdie on the ninth before taking the turn. On the back nine, he faced a bogey on the 16th hole against birdies on the 14th and 18th holes.
Jayram had levelled the scores on the first hole after Subash faced a bogey but he could not capitalize on the opportunity. He played three-over 36 on the front nine and added one-over 36 on the back nine for his worst round of the tournament. He had carded even-par 68 in the first two rounds.
Dhana played one-over 34 on the front nine and shot a two-over 37 on the back nine. Niraj, who was six strokes behind Subash after the second round, closed the gap to one stroke after he carded three-under 30 on the front nine. But he failed to keep the momentum going and faltered to five-over 40 on the back nine.
A total of 39 players, 25 pros and 14 amateurs, took part in the 54-hole tournament organized by Nepal PGA under the sponsorship of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd. The fifth event under the Surya Nepal Golf Tour 2021-22 carried a cash purse of Rs 775,000.
AIG of Nepal Police Hari Bahadur Pal, NGA President Tashi Ghale, Regional Manager of Surya Nepal Pvt. Ltd. Prakash KC and Director of Himalayan Golf Course Prakash KC gave away the prizes to the winners.
The tournament will conclude with the Pro-Am event on Saturday.