August 05, 2016: At the end of a sensational final day at the Hyderabad Golf Club, Sharmila Nicollet took a memorable play-off victory on the fourth extra hole. The golfer from Bengaluru edged past a determined Neha Tripathi to score victory.
The two players had to repeat the 18th hole four times before the issue was finally settled in favour of the Bengaluru golfer. Sharmila’s card on the day comprised of bogeys on the 4th, 8th, 12th, and 18th holes. She also carded a triple on 16th hole. Her birdies came on the 6th, 10th, and 11th holes to finish with a score of 228 after 54 holes.
Giving Sharmila a run for her money was Hero Order of Merit Leader Neha Tripathi. She looked in tremendous form as she had the best score of the day of 1 over 72. Her card comprised of birdies on the 6th, 16th and 17th holes, and bogeys on the 3rd, 13th, 14th and 15th holes, to finish with a score 228 after 54 holes which was identical to Sharmila’s total.
Overnight leader Amandeep Drall had an indifferent start as she carded a double bogey on the very first hole. Her front nine comprised of bogeys on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th holes, and her lone birdie of the day came on the 4th. Her back nine comprised of a bogey on the 17th hole and double on the 13th. She finished third with a total score 231 after 54 holes.
Pune’s Shweta Galande had an incredible start to the round as she carded an eagle on the very first hole, but failed to stitch together a series of consistent shots. She played an even par front nine, but it was her back nine which spoilt the chart for her. She carded double bogeys on the 12th and 18th and also a triple on the 17th hole. Her two birdies of the day came on the 10th and 15th holes, and her lone bogey of day came on the 13th.
Delhi’s Ankita Tiwana finished 5th with a total score of 236 after 54 holes, followed by Kapurthala’s Gursimar Badwal with a total score of 237 after 54 holes. Delhi’s Ayesha Kapur finished 7th with a total score of 238 after 54 holes. Bengaluru’s Trisha Sunil and Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma finished with identical scores of 240 to be tied for the 8th spot.
The tour now moves moves to the capital city of Delhi at the picturesque Delhi Golf Club from the 20th to the 23rd of September, 2016.