Buzzing Chandigarh (Poonam) Chandigarh, November 1, : The Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2018 presented by TAKE Solutions got off to a cracking start at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Thursday as Shiv Kapur, one of the star attractions at the Rs. 1.5 crore event, made a memorable return to The City Beautiful after almost two decades by posting a seven-under-65 that equaled the course record and gave him the first round lead.
Four-time Asian Tour winner Kapur’s exceptional bogey-free effort saw him match the previous course record scores set by Mukesh Kumar, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Gaurav Ghei and Ranjit Singh. Chandigarh lads Karandeep Kochhar (66) and Abhijit Singh Chadha (67), both playing at their home course, were hot on the leader’s heels in second and tied third places respectively. Om Prakash Chouhan (67) of Mhow also took a share of third place along with Chadha. Tournament host Jeev Milkha Singh, also playing in front of his home crowd, made a slow start with a 77 that placed him tied 99th.
For 36-year-old Shiv Kapur, appearing in a professional event at the Chandigarh Golf Club for the first time, it was a tale of two halves on day one. Kapur last played at the venue as a junior back in 1998 at a tournament he went on to win.Shiv, a 10th tee starter in round one, took time to find his feet on the course as he managed birdies on the 13th and 15th. He then charged ahead of the rest with five birdies on the front-nine which included four conversions from 10 to 15 feet. He bagged birdies on all par-4s on the front-nine barring the sixth.