26 July 2018: Neha Tripathi put herself into contention yet again with a fine 1-under 71 in the second round of the 10th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour on Thursday.
Neha is now 3-under 141 and holds a one-shot lead over Vani and Amandeep. Vani is playing only her third event on the Hero WPGT this season.
Neha was cruising with three birdies and no bogeys till the 14th, when she dropped a double bogey on Par-4 15th and then ended with three pars.
Vani Kapoor was bogey free with three birdies, all on the front nine on first, seventh and eighth holes, and she had a series of 10 pars after that.
On a day when the golf course yielded a good number of birdies, Amandeep Drall had a double bogey and three birdies, while Gaurika bogeyed the first but made up with three birdies after that, including one on the last hole. Gaurika was the only player to birdie the tough 18th on the second day.
Afshan Fatima, who has been having a lean season this year, shot 2-under 70 to get to Tied-6th alongside Suchitra Ramesh (74-72).
The surprise of the day was amateur Seher Atwal, who after a fine 70 on first day, slipped to 5-over 77 with five bogeys and no birdies and is now eighth.
Millie Saroha (75-73) with three birdies between 13th and 16th is ninth and amateur Shweta Mansingh (74-75) is 10th.
In the third and final round, Neha Tripathi who is looking for her second win will tee off last with Vani Kapoor and Amandeep Drall in the lead group. The threesome ahead of them will comprise Gaurika Bishnoi, Tvesa Malik and Afshan Fatima.
Tavleen Batra and Ayesha Kapur will start the action on Friday, with Khushi Khanijau and Trisha Sunil following them. Siddhi Kapoor, Anisha Padukone and Gursimar Badwal will be in the third group.
Amateurs Rhea Saravanan and Shweta Mansingh with Sonam Chugh are in group four, while the fifth group has Millie Saroha, Suchitra Ramesh and amateur Seher Atwal.
The final day promises to be exciting with several players in contention.