Edited by Anand Datla
February 03, 2015: Upbeat from her maiden victory in the 3rd leg of the Hero Women’sProfessional Golf Tour, Kiran Matharu along with Delhi youngster Vani Kapoor will start as firm favorites in the 4th leg. Vani, who currently leads the Hero Order Of Merit 2015 has been off-colour in the last two events and would be keen to return to her winning ways in the INR 6,00,000 event. The 4th leg which culminates on 6th February is being hosted at the picturesque Tollygunge Cub.
Vani Kapoor will seek to restore order
Vani, who currently leads the Hero Order of Merit with total earnings of INR 3,44,000 would be one of the top contenders in the tournament along with Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall, Delhi’s Gauri Monga, Pune’s Shweta Galande and Chandigarh golfer Saaniya Sharma. Amandeep has been impressive in her rookie year with total earnings of INR 2,98,000 in three appearances. She will be eyeing the elusive win, which could significantly alter the money rankings.
Formidable local challengers
Local players Smriti Mehra and Neha Tripathi have struggled with their form this season and will look for a turnaround at the event. Smriti is placed third in the Hero Order of Merit with earnings of INR 2,38,000 and will try to close the gap at the top of the table. Neha Tripathi has been inconsistent with her game but a third place finish at RCGC will help her morale.
Hero Motocorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet hasn’t been in the best of form, but the Bengaluru golfer will be keen to make a mark in her second appearance this season. The Tollygunge Club is one of the oldest golf courses in India and the picturesque par 70 golf course is all set to test the mental and physical strength of the players.
Either ways, we can expect an intense battle for honours when the women tee off at Tollygunge not just between Vani and Matharu, but a host of other golfers eager to leave their mark this week.