Pranavi Urs shares the lead with Vidhatri Urs and Kriti Chowhan

Amateurs shone bright on the first day of the 12th Leg at the Hyderabad Golf Association course. Pranavi Urs, Kriti and Vidhatri shot 68

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Pranavi Urs - WGAI

06 September 2022: Amateurs Kriti Chowhan and Vidhatri Urs held the spotlight as they shared the opening day honours with the established star Pranavi Urs in the 12th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Hyderabad Golf Association course. The trio shot 2-under 68 each and held a one-shot advantage over Anisha Agarwalla (69).

There was another indication of the growing strength in women’s golf as yet another amateur, Keerthana R Nair was tied fifth alongside Seher Atwal with a round of even par 70.

Kriti Chowhan - WGAI
Kriti Chowhan – WGAI

The Jaipur-based Kriti, daughter of an Army officer, has played frequently on the Hero Women’s Pro Tour and even finished in Top-3 overall in 2021. She was the runner-up at the All India Ladies Amateurs in November 2021, where she lost to India’s top amateur Avani Prashanth in the final.

Kriti also took part in the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship in Abu Dhabi in 2021. She has finished consistently well on the domestic Tour but of late wins have eluded her.

Now, Kriti has a share of the lead. She made ample use of the morning conditions to shoot a fine 2-under 68. Kriti had five birdies against three bogeys, two of them on fourth and fifth, which played rather difficult and most of the players bogeyed either one of them or both. The highlight of the round was a hat-trick of birdies from sixth to eighth, immediately after the back-to-back bogeys. She dropped a late bogey on Par-4 18th. Kriti was the clubhouse leader and she was later joined by Pranavi and then Vidhatri, a cousin of this season’s four-time winner Pranavi.

The leader on the Hero Order of Merit, Pranavi had four birdies in her first eight holes, but also dropped shots on fourth and fifth. She turned in 2-under 34. She began the back nine in style with an eagle on Par-5 10th, but dropped a double bogey on Par-4 15th and finished with 68.

Vidhatri Urs - WGAI
Vidhatri Urs – WGAI

Vidhatri, who has been steadily improving her game, had four birdies against two bogeys.

Anisha Agarwalla had one of her best rounds in recent weeks with a 69 that included five birdies and four bogeys.

Amateur Heena Kang and Gauri Karhade tied for seventh with scores of 71 each, while last week’s winner Hitaashee Bakshi, Ishvari Prasanna and Shweta Mansingh were tied ninth with 72 each.

Sneha Singh had a rough day in her hometown with a round of 73 and Jahanvi Bakshi shot 79.

 

Tee times for Round 2 of the 12th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tournament at the Hyderabad Golf Association, Hyderabad:

 

1 9:00 am : Jahanvi Bakshi 79; Geetika Ahuja 78;

2 9:10 am : Rhea Jha 78; Rhea Purvi Saravanan 78;

3 9:20 am : Shagun Narain 76; Agrima Manral 76; Nayanika Sanga 75;

4 9:30 am : Ceerat Kang (A) 75; Suchitra Ramesh 74; Saaniya Sharma 74;

5 9:40 am : Oviya Reddi 73; Sneha Singh 73; Asmitha Sathish 73;

6 9:55 am : Disha Kavery 73; Jyotsana Singh 73; Hunar Mittal (A) 73;

7 10:05 am : Khushi Khanijau 73; Shweta Mansingh 72; Ishvari Prasanna 72;

8 10:15 am : Hitaashee Bakshi 72; Gauri Karhade 71; Heena Kang (A) 71;

9 10:30 am : Seher Atwal 70; Keerthana R. Nair (A) 70; Anisha Agarwalla 69;

10 10:40 am : Vidhatri Urs (A) 68; Pranavi Urs 68; Kriti Chowhan (A) 68;