Jahanvi Bakshi clinches her maiden victory at DLF

A final round 72 helped Jahanvi Bakshi secure a four-stroke victory over Vani Kapoor in the fifth leg of the WGAI Hero Professional Golf Tour 2020-21

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Jahnavi Bakshi (left) and Vani Kapoor

11 March 2021: The sister act continues to get better every week. Jahanvi Bakshi played some steady golf to emulate younger sister Hitaashee and clinch her maiden victory on the WGAI Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour. A final round 72 was enough to secure a four stroke victory over Vani Kapoor, who ended the week at an even 216. Jahanvi shot four birdies on Friday as she protected her overnight lead of four strokes against the field. Hitaashee and Tvesa Malik closed in a tie for third just one behind Vani.

Jahanvi Bakshi - DLF Golf & Country Club
Jahanvi Bakshi – DLF Golf & Country Club

Jahanvi looked set to run away to a massive victory when she warmed up with birdies at the second and third holes. But she was stalled by the punitive course inside the DLF Golf and Country Club, conceding bogeys at the fourth and seventh holes to see her advantage disappear. Jahanvi bounced back with birdies on the 9th and 11th holes, but those were on either side of a double bogey six on the tenth hole.

The fourth birdie of her round came on the 17th before she signed off with a six on the 18th hole to settle for an even 72 and a comfortable victory.

Vani has grown up as much on this course as she has in her own home. She has been doing the rounds to DLF for fifteen years and put her familiarity to work. Vani got on a threatening run as she raced past the ninth with only 32 strokes on her card. Her hopes were dented though as she conceded back to back bogeys at the 12th. She repaired some of that damage with a birdie on the 14th and came home to four straight pars for a 69.

Tvesa, like Vani, is at home on the DLF course. She made four straight birdies from the fourth, well on her way to a good final round. Bogeys on the 9th and 14th stole some of her thunder, but a fine effort it was. And 69 helped her sign out on 277 alongside Hitaashee, the winner of the second leg in Chennai. Hitaashee was also runner-up in the fourth leg with Vani at the Poona Club Golf Course. 

Amateurs Avani Prashanth, Hunar Mittal and Vidhatri Urs enjoyed a good week securing top ten positions. Avani shot a final round 71 for an overall score of 219, enough for fifth place. Hunar finished in eighth place while Vidhatri joined Amandeep Drall in a tie for ninth place.

Lakhmehar Pardesi in sixth and Oviya Reddi in seventh completed the top ten this week.