12 June 2019: The eighth leg of the WGAI Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour presented a tricky test to a strong field of 32 women at the Prestige Golfshire in Bengaluru. Tvesa Malik earned a one-stroke lead over Millie Saroha as all but eight women broke 80 on Wednesday. The leader is the only women to stay even with the course, that too courtesy three birdies in five holes right after the turn. Saroha made 73, with Ridhima Dilawari trailing her at 74. Khushi Khanijau made 75 while last week’s winner Gaurika Bishnoi rounded out the top five at 77.
Pranavi Urs, runner-up at Clover Greens managed only an 83 in the opening round in Bengaluru. Ayesha Kapur was thrust out on the 16-stroke role after making a 90 and Hita Prakash withdrew due to an unspecified injury.
A slew of bogeys, a common sight on the day on many a card, ruined the day for local girl Ayesha Padukone. She ended the day at 13-over, posting an 85 containing eleven bogeys and a double on the last hole.
Tvesa was two over through the first four holes. A birdie at the par-5 fifth offered her some respite before she reached the tenth tee without any further damage at one-over. She was even through ten where she made a birdie, but a bogey at the next hole slipped her back into over-par territory.
A couple of birdies back to back set her apart on a day when one seemed like a touch of gold. But a bogey at the par-3 15th dampened her prospects and she brought it home with three straight pars for an even 72.