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Mithun Perera, Anura Rohana and Shankar Das with the Louis Philippe Cup

Mithun Perera displayed the true spirit of being a leading golfer when he shot five-under 67 at Karnataka Golf Association to ensure that his team Navratna Ahmedabad defended its Louis Philippe title. This is Navratna Ahmedabad’s third Louis Philippe Cup title over four years of the tournament.

Giving Perera full support was teammate Anura Rohana who made a crucial 10-footer birdie on 18th when the team needed it most and returned with one-under 71.

The third player of Navratna Ahmedabad team Shankar Das, winner of 2014 PGTI Rolex Rankings, gave hope to his team by shooting three-under on the first day, ended the final round with three-over 75. Navratna Ahmedabad’s three-day total was 13-under 419 and tied with TAKE Chennai, but Ahmedabad’s final day score of six-under 138 gave them victory and a winning cheque of (Ind) Rs. 36 lakhs. As per the format the scores of the best two players were taken into consideration as the team total.

Local lad Khalin Joshi of TAKE Chennai who carded 2-under 70 on the final day became the individual strokeplay winner and collected a cheque of Rs. 7 lakhs.

“I had a bad start with a bogey on 3rd and after sometime I didn’t even think that we can come close to winning. When Shankar gave me a sign on 11th hole that he is not doing too well, I started firing birdies in the back nine. I made a birdie on 8th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 17th and 18th.

My final hole did wonders when I hit a driver and a good second shot and took sometime to read the line carefully and sunk a 15-footer for birdie,” said Mithun Perera who also led Navratna Ahmedabad to victory in 2012 and 2013.