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Simarjeet to face Prabagaran

Coimbatore: Three-time Sri Lankan amateur champion, Simarjeet Singh, came from behind to oust Akshay Butta (Kolkata) 1-up for a place in the final of the 106th Royal Challenge all-India amateur golf championship at the par-72 Coimbatore Golf Club course here on Saturday.

In the clash for the title, Singh, seeded fifth, will lock horns with 11th seed K. Prabagaran of Sri Lanka, who easily defeated Delhi's Raj Randhawa 4 & 3. The Singh-Butta clash was a thriller all the way. The former was four down at the turn and looked lost in the woods. At this stage, the fifth seed staged a strong comeback on the par-5 tenth hole. He sank in a 50-footer for a birdie to pull one back.

After both the golfers halved the 11th, the Noida golfer struck birdies in the next two holes to reduce the margin. However, Butta birdied the 15th to go two-up. With three holes to go, the golfer from Kolkata bogeyed the 16th and 17th to restore parity. Knowing it is now or never, Singh sank a 20-footer putt for a birdie to clinch the tie.

"The putt on the 10th got me going. It was a bit windy towards the end, and that probably cost Butta the match," said Singh.

The results: Semifinals: Simarjeet Singh bt Akshay Butta 1-up; K. Prabagaran bt Raj Randhawa 4 & 3.