Three Indians in last four

KOLKATA, FEB. 15. Riding on a consistent showing three Indian players- Manav Das, Jasjeet Singh and Saurav Bahuguna - progressed to the semifinals of the Eveready all-India amateur golf.

With the Indians doing well in the quarterfinals of the Match Play here at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club on Friday, the foreign entry in the contest for the title round was restricted to only one - C. Schwartzel of South Africa - who moved up beating Tim Rice of Ireland.

In the quarterfinals, Manav Das maintained a steady lead over compatriot Girish Virk and beat the latter by a margin of 5 & 4 at the 15th hole.

Jasjeet Singh had a shaky start losing the first hole but recovered subsequently to beat Ireland's Mike McDermott at the 11th hole by a good margin of 7 & 6.

Saurav Bahuguna squandered a confident start that took him 5 up with birdies in the 2nd and 4th holes against Rakesh Kumar of Indian Air Force.

With Kumar wresting the initiative later in the contest, the former's lead was substantially reduced as Bahuguna remained just 1 up going into the 18th hole. Both the players managed to par the decider and Bahuguna clinched the issue being 1 up.

In the fourth quarterfinal C. Schwartzel took an early lead against Tim Rice. The South African birdied on the 4th and 8th holes to lead 5 up at the 10th hole.

Schwartzel continued with his form and won the match at the 15th hole with a convincing margin of 5 & 4.

In the semifinals on Saturday, Manav Das will take on Jasjeet Singh while Saurav Bahuguna meets C. Schwartzel in the other match.

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