Report by Anand Datla
June 01, 2015: The Hong Kong Golf Club is the venue of this week’s Hong Kong Ladies Open, a tournament that features some of our best Indian golfers. The event stars some of Asia’s best golfers under the umbrella of the Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) and co-sanctioned by Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association (TLPGA). Amandeep Drall, one of the most talented golfers to come out of the stables in recent times, Gauri Monga, Sharmila Nicollet, Vani Kapoor and Neha Tripathi are pitting their talents against those from Australia, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and a collection of local golfers from the 5th through 7th June.
The Old Course at the HKGC has a cherished history and is expected to provide the perfect backdrop for the ladies to display their talent. A smattering of amateur players add to the story this week.
The narrow, beautiful course is lined by trees and plenty of sand protects the greens. With the onus on accuracy and intelligent course management, the ladies vying for the honour of being the maiden winner of the Hong Kong Ladies Open will face a suitable test.
Built in 1911, the course has stood testimony to the journey of Hong Kong through the wars even as the country transitioned from being a British controlled territory to being annexed back to the China before the turn of the millennium.
Vani Kapoor is leading the Hero Order of Merit on the WGAI, having won three of her eight outings this season. Drall is still hunting for her first victory, but she is third on the chart underlining her consistency and promise.
Neha Tripathi is lying fourth and she has played in eight events too. Nicollet and Monga are lying ninth and eleventh on the order of merit, but both women have only made five starts this year.
Among the Indian women playing this week, Vani has the lowest scoring average while Sharmila is not too far behind. But their averages of 73.46 & 74.93 will need a significant push lower if they intend the impress the Grand Old Dame of Hong Kong starting this Wednesday.
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