Oct 03, 2018: Tvesa Malik overcame the setback of a double bogey to play flawless golf over the other 17 holes, and carded an impressive 1-under 71 to take a one-shot lead in the first round of the 15th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour. On Wednesday, Tvesa, the current leader on the Hero Order of Merit, double bogeyed the second but steadied herself thereafter. She had three birdies in the stretch between 14th and 18th against no bogeys for her 71 on the Gary Player layout at the DLF Golf and Country Club.
She leads seasoned Smriti Mehra (72) by one shot. Smriti had three birdies including one on the 18th against three bogeys.
Gaurika Bishnoi had a roller coaster of a round with four birdies, four bogeys and a double in her 74 that placed her third after the first day.
Debutant pro Ridhima Dilawari shot 75 to share the fourth place with amateur Diksha Dagar and top draw Vani Kapoor, who had a disappointing day with three birdies, three bogeys and also a crippling triple bogey on the 10th that ruined her card.
Amandeep Drall, hoping to challenge Tvesa for the Order of Merit, was seventh at 76, while amateur Tanirika Singh and Millie Saroha were Tied-8th at 77.
Four players including Neha Tripathi, Mehar Atwal, Siddhi Kapoor and Afshan Fatima were Tied-10th at 79.
In the second round on Thursday, Ayesha Kapur and Komal Chaudhary play in the first two-ball followed by Neha Tripathi, Astha Madan and Khushi Khanijau. Siddhi Kapoor, Mehar Atwal and Afshan Fatima will be in the third group while the fourth group has Millie Saroha, Amandeep Drall and amateur Tanirika Singh. The penultimate group has Vani Kapoor, amateur Diksha Dagar and Ridhima Dilawari while the final 3-ball comprises Tvesa Malik, Smriti Mehra and Gaurika Bishnoi.