January 06, 2016: After two rounds at the Kensville Golf & Country Club in Ahmedabad, no golfer has managed to do better than 75. The scores this week underline both the difficulty of the course and enormous amount of work that faces our women golfers. As things stand, Kiran Matharu and Mehar Atwal made similar scores for the second day running, shooting 77 each to add to their 75 on Tuesday to gain a two shot lead over Vani Kapoor.
Kapoor, the top ranked woman golfer for two years running, posted a sedate 78 on her birthday to remain in third, two strokes behind the two leaders.
Kiran had no birdie in her second round – making bogeys at 1, 3, 7, 13 and 15 through her 77 shot march around the course. Mehar started the day with three straight bogeys before steadying her rocking boat.
She made five straight pars and a birdie at the 9th hole to make the turn in 38 shots. But she surrendered three more bogeys on her way to the clubhouse to stay even with Kiran.
Vani was 7-over through 10 holes, including five bogeys in the first eight holes and a double bogey six at the 10th hole. The Delhi golfer took 41 shots to navigate the front nine, but she was markedly better after conceding two shots at the par-4 tenth hole.
She took just 31 shots for the final eight holes, including a birdie at the par-4 12th hole to sign off on a 78 to add to her 76 from the first round.
Saaniya Sharma had the best round among the field, shooting 75 in the second round. She made three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey at the 376 yard, par-4 3rd hole. Sharma is a further shot back from Vani at 11-over 155.
Amandeep Drall was lying fifth after she turned in an improved performance, relative to the 82 on Tuesday. Drall made four over 76 on Wednesday to end the second day at 14-over 158.