Local boy Viraj Madappa, cheered lustily by the home crowd, got the better of Karan Taunk on the 21st hole to enter the semifinals of the 112th Tata Steel amateur golf championship of India here on Friday. Giant-killer B.R. Raju found a match in the lone surviving international player, Malaysian Abel Tam, and lost 4 & 3.

The other two foreign entries, Mohammad Sagor of Bangladesh and Vijitha Bandara of Sri Lanka, were ousted by Arshad Ali and Shubhankar Sharma respectively.

In the Viraj-Karan duel, it was Karan who called the shots as he went 2-up after four holes. A lapse in concentration, however, saw him concede the next hole. Viraj slowly but steadily grew in confidence and levelled on the 10{+t}{+h}hole with a birdie. In a see-saw battle, Karan still held the advantage of 1-up going into the final hole but committed a grave error and ended up with a bogey to lose the hole as the match then went into sudden-death.

After both the players shared the first two holes, the 17-year-old Kolkata boy held his nerves to card a par. Karan continued to be jittery in the later holes and came up with a bogey to lose the absorbing contest.

The results: Quarterfinals: Viraj Madappa bt Karan Taunk 21st hole; Abel Tam (Mas) bt B.R. Raja 5 & 4; Arshad Ali bt M. Sagor (Ban) 4 & 3; Shubhankar Sharma bt Vijitha Bandara (SL) 4 & 3.

Pre-quarterfinals: Raja bt Pratap Atwal 2 & 1; Abel bt Udayan Mane 2 & 1; Karan bt Gagan Verma (w/o after 7); Viraj bt Arjun Sharma 7 & 6; Sagor bt Samarth Dwivedi 19th hole; Ali bt Trishul Chinnappa 3 & 2; Shubhankar bt Manpreet Mann 21st hole; Vijitha bt Tshendra Dorji (Bhutan) 2 & 1.

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