17 November 2022: Avani Prashanth, already a two-time winner in 2021 on the pro circuit, put herself in the driver’s seat after the first round with a superb 4-under 68 on the first day of the 15th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Chandigarh Golf Club.
After a bogey-free 4-under front nine, Avani had two bogeys and two birdies on the back nine for the only under-par round on the day. Avani, who has had a busy international season this year, birdied second and then three in a row from fourth to sixth and later had birdies on the 12th and 13th. The dropped shots came on the 10th and 15th.
Avani, 16, is now five shots clear of eight players who are tied at 1-over 73. The pack of eight includes last week’s winner Ridhima Dilawari and two amateurs, Heena Kang and Jia Kataria. The others are Siddhi Kapoor, Rhea Purvi Saravanan, Anisha Agarwalla and Lakhmehar Pardesi.
Gaurika Bishnoi, who began with a double bogey and a bogey on the first two holes, finished with 74 and was tied ninth alongside Hitaashee Bakshi.
Among other prominent names, Sneha Singh (77) was tied 13th, Neha Tripathi and Seher Atwal were tied 19th with 78 and Afshan Fatima, runner-up last week, was 23rd with a round of 79.
In 2021, Avani won the third and the 11th Legs at BPGC, Mumbai and Panchkula Golf Club on the Hero WPG Tour. She was also runner-up at the seventh leg in DLF, Gurugram and the 10th leg at the same Chandigarh Golf Club.
Tee times for Round 2 of the 15th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Chandigarh Golf Club:
1 8:30 am : Shagun Narain 84; Anaggha Venkatesh 83; Khushi 82;
2 8:40 am : Ayesha Kapur 82; Karishma Govind 82; Geetika Ahuja 82;
3 8:50 am : Ishvari Prasanna 81; Agrima Manral 81; Sinjini Mukherjee (A) 81;
4 9:00 am : Ragini Navet (A) 80; Afshan Fatima 79; Asmitha Sathish 78;
5 9:15 am : Seher Atwal 78; Ananya Datar 78; Neha Tripathi 78;
6 9:25 am : Khushi Khanijau 77; Mehar Atwal 77; Rhea Jha 77;
7 9:35 am : Sneha Singh 77; Shweta Mansingh 77; Saaniya Sharma 77;
8 9:45 am : Snigdha Goswami (A) 76; Jyotsana Singh 76; Hitaashee Bakshi 74;
9 10:00 am : Gaurika Bishnoi 74; Jia Kataria (A) 73; Heena Kang (A) 73;
10 10:10 am : Ridhima Dilawari 73; Lakhmehar Pardesi 73; Anisha Agarwalla 73;
11 10:20 am : Rhea Purvi Saravanan 73; Siddhi Kapoor 73; Avani Prashanth (A) 68;