Sensational victory for Siddhi Kapoor in Delhi

Siddhi Kapoor shot 73 in the final round of the 14th leg on the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour. That was enough to win her maiden WGAI title.

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September 29, 2016: Rookie golfer Siddhi Kapoor (70-77-73) turned the tables on Amandeep Drall (75-71-75) to score a sensational one shot victory at the Delhi Golf Club. Siddhi needed just a 73 to polish the field and clinch the title in the 14th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour conducted by the WGAI. Six time winner on the tour this year, Vani Kapoor finished in third place with an overall score of six over 222.

Siddhi Kapoor scored five birdies in the third round, but also conceded six bogeys on her way to victory. She made three bogeys in the first four holes, suggesting that she might drop out of the race, early in the final round.

But she recovered her poise to score birdies at the sixth and eighth holes to underline her ability to steady her nerves. Another bogey at the 362 yard ninth hole meant that Siddhi Kapoor took 38 strokes to navigate the front nine.

Determined to contend for honours, Siddhi Kapoor played much better on the return stretch. She erased a bogey at the eleventh with a birdie at the par-4 13th hole.

Siddhi Kapoor dropped to three over for the day when she made her sixth bogey of the round. But she made a sensational finish, carding consecutive bogeys at the final two holes to pip her senior rivals to the post.

Amandeep Drall was even through nine holes – two bogeys squared off with birdies at the first and sixth holes. But after making seven straight pars, she conceded three quick shots to concede the advantage to her younger rival.

A double bogey at the 318 yard par-4, 15th hole and another bogey at the 16th were largely responsible for costing Amandeep Drall a near certain run to the title.

Vani Kapoor (76-74-72) was at her fluent best through the first nine holes. She sailed on a birdie on the second hole, coasting through the front nine in 35 shots. A bogey at the tenth went unanswered from the leading Indian professional.

Vani Kapoor nullified her bogeys at the 13th and 16th holes with immediate birdies, but that effort was only enough for an even par 72. In the end the Delhi golfer fell two shots shy of the winning score of Siddhi Kapoor.

Gaurika Bishnoi finished in fourth at 8-over 224. A further shot back, Shweta Galande and Mehar Atwal were tied in fifth place. Neha Tripathi finished in seventh, seven strokes off the pace.

Amateur Shreya Ghei showed early promise with a 74 on Tuesday, eventually finishing in a tie for eighth with Gursimar Badwal. The two women had an overall score of 231.

Afshan Fatima and Saaniya Sharma rounded off the top ten at 19-over 235.

 

Anand Datla

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