DHARAN, Dec 25 : Local pros Mani Rai and Deo Raj Pakhrin share lead after the first round of the Surya Nepal Eastern Open at the Par-70 Nirvana Country Club on Tuesday.
The Dharan pros opened the seventh event under the Surya Nepal Golf Tour 2012-13 with even-par 70. They hold one-stroke lead over Purna Sharma and Umesh Nagarkoti. Sharma and Nagarkoti played the rounds of one-over 71.
Ramesh Nagarkoti, Sabin Sapkota, Surya Prasad Sharma, Suman Rai and Rabi Khadka are tied on fifth position with the matching scores of two-over 72. Defending champion Shiva Ram Shrestha shared the 10th position along with Dhana Thapa and Jaya Ram Shrestha at three-over 73.
Sanjay Lama, Yelamber Singh Adhikari, Ramesh Adhikari and CB Bhnadari are tied on 13th position with the score of four-over 74. Deepak Thapa Magar, Pashupati Sharma and Ram Thapa shared the 17th position at 75.
In the amateur section, Nepal No 1 Bikash Bogati carded two-over 72 to take one-stroke lead over Dinesh Prajapati and Tirtha Paudel. Prajapati and Paudel shot 73. Sukra Rai and Bishnu Sharma are tied on fourth at 74.
In the main event, joint leader Rai played even-par 35 on both the halves with the help of four birdies and four bogeys. He carded birdies on the sixth, seventh, 13th and 15th holes, while he suffered bogeys on the second, eighth, 11th and 18th holes.
Pakhrin carded one-under 34 that included birdies on the sixth and ninth holes against a bogey on the first hole. On the back nine, Pakhrin shot bogeys on the 13th and 17th after hitting a birdie on the 12th hole.
A total of 57 golfers 32 pros and 25 amateurs are taking part in the tournament organized by Nepal Professional Golfers Association under the sponsorship of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd.