LAWYER Vikrant Chandra was handed the RC Manubhai Ba Open title last night after a lot of controversy at the Ba Golf Club.
Vikrant finished the tournament with a total score of one under par 137.
Amitesh Chandra of Nadi was second on 143.
After the completion of the 36 holes Lautoka player and fellow national squad member Roneel Prakash filed a complaint against Vikrant stating that the distance measuring device he used in the opening round gave him advantage.
Prakash said the use of the distance measuring device was not stipulated in the local rule in Ba.
He said under the rules of the world governing body R&A, Vikrant should have been disqualified.
The R&A rules states that "during a stipulated round the use of distance measuring device is not permitted unless the committee has introduced a local rule to that effect. The reference is to rule 14.3 if a player breaches the rule it is disqualification."
The R&A assumes responsibility for the administration of the rules of golf with the consent of 143 organisations from the amateur and professional game, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 128 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and America.
Ba Open match committee chairman Manish Patel said they made a decision to hand Vikrant the title.
Sahil Singh a junior golfer of Ba won the overall nett title after scoring 126.