Fairway Ninjas script a thrilling playoff win at the Awadh Golf League

Lucknow: Fairway Ninjas scripted a thrilling playoff win over IPL Warriors to reach the Plate Semi Finals of the Awadh Golf League powered by Halwasiya Group, being played here at the Lucknow Golf Club. They will meet Lagaan of Cawnpore, who beat Ballers 3.5-1.5, in the Plate Semi Finals.

The Ninjas pair of JPS Sial & Ajay Katyal played out of their to register a win for the ages on the 5th playoff hole after the teams were tied 2.5-2.5 after the regulation 5 games. IPL Warriors, represented by skipper Sandeep Das & Rajeev Srivastava, began the playoff with a bang after Sandeep sank his par putt to go 1 UP. After halving the second playoff hole, Ajay Katyal squared the match with a par of his own.

In the sudden death, IPL Warriors had a great chance to seal the match in their favour on both the holes but couldn’t convert them. JPS Sial closed the door on their opponents by holing a regulation par on the 5th playoff hole after the 4th was halved.

Their Plate Semi Final opponents, Lagaan of Cawnpore had a relatively straight forward win over one of the pre-tournament favourites, Ballers. Sameer Gupta caused an upset of sorts after establishing an early lead in his game. In the other singles game, Lagaan’s Lovely Singh halved his match against Rishi Khanna. The teams then split the next two matches before Lagaan’s Sandeep Garg & Sudeep Singh scored a crucial point to tilt the tie in the visiting team’s favour.

Fairway Ninjas and Lagaan of Cawnpore will face off in the first Plate Semi Final on Saturday. The other semi final will be decided tomorrow as the 3rd & 4th plate quarter finals are decided before the tournament moves to the Championship Semi Finals.

Results – Plate Quarters (9th March):

Fairway Ninjas 2.5 – 2.5 IPL Warriors (Fairway Ninjas won on 5th playoff hole)

Lagaan of Cawnpore 3.5 – 1.5 Ballers

Fixtures – Plate Quarters (10th March):

Microlit Eagles vs Bhutani Basecamp Champions

Mauribagh Kings vs Jugal Kishore Nawabs

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