KATHMANDU, May 17: Royal Nepal Golf Club (RNGC) pro Rabi Khadka claimed third career title as he claimed the title of the Ghana Shyam Open golf tournament, the third event of the Surya Nepal Golf Tour 2012-13 here on Thursday.
Khadka had won two trophies in the 2009-10 season of Surya Nepal Golf Tour, namely -- Golfers pilots NPGA Classic and Surya Nepal Western Open.
Khadka carded two-under 70 at the par-72 Tribhuvan Army Officers Golf Club on the final day for a total of five-under 283 and registered a four-stroke victory over club-mate Umesh Nagarkoti.
Nagarkoti also played a round of 70 for the total of one-under 287. Khadka received Rs 55,000 while Nagarkoti bagged Rs 37,000.
"I´m quite happy to win the title after a long gap," said Khadka. "I performed well in the tournament except the third day," he added.
"After playing all the tour events I learned to absorb pressure and I maintained my momentum in the whole tournament to win the title," said Khadka.
Deepak Thapa Magar, also from RNGC, came third with the score of one-over 289. He played two-over 74 on Thursday. He received Rs 27,000 respectively.
Khadka began the day with two-stroke cushion and widened the margin to three strokes over Deepak Thapa Magar and Ramesh after the completion of the front nine. Thapa Magar reduced the margin to one shot after 12 holes but Khadka kept his cool to win the tournament after Thapa Magar dropped shots on the 13th and 14th holes. Nagarkoti took full advantage of that to finish second.
Khadka carded three birdies on the first, fourth and seventh holes against bogeys on the fifth and eighth holes to finish the front nine at one-under 35. On the back nine, he shot birdies on the 13th and 18th holes against a lone bogey on the 12th hole.
"I putted from 12 feet distance to save par on the 11th hole and felt that luck was on my side today," said Khadka.
Nagarkoti carded three straight birdies on the second, third and fourth holes against a lone bogey on the sixth hole to finish the front nine at two-under 34. On the back nine, he suffered a bogey on the 11th and birdie on the 12th hole. Thapa Magar carded a birdie on the first hole and suffered a bogey on the fourth hole. On the back nine, he had a birdie on the 12th and suffered bogeys on the 13th, 14th and 17th holes.
Nepal No 1 Shiva Ram Shrestha finished fourth at four-over 292 after the final day score of one-under 71. He pocketed Rs 22.000. Surya Prasad Sharma, who played four-over 76 on the final day, was fifth at 293.
Tashi Tsering won the amateur section trophy with the total score of 295. He played six-over 76 on Thursday, which was enough to register 15-stroke victory over Dinesh Prajapati, who played 73 on the final day for a total of 310. Ashish Pariyar was third at 314.
Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) Chhatra Man Singh Gurung, Lt Gen Gaurav SJB Rana and Nepal PGA Advisor and sponsor of the tournament Ghana Shyam Thapa handed over the prizes to the winners.