Report by Anand Datla
July 23, 2015: The women are battling hard and it is a sight to behold. The Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour has been engaging our senses and these intense battles have added to the allure of the series this season. After Amandeep Drall had taken a four shot lead in the first round, any hopes of a runaway victory for the Punjabi were brought crashing down in the second round. A determined Vani Kapoor ensured that with a 71 on Thursday to reach within a shot of her younger opponent.
Drall had initially tightened her grasp on the lead with a birdie at the 7th hole, a three shot cushion protecting her on the perch. But a triple bogey at the par-4 8th hole uncorked the demons out of the bottle for Amandepp, who seemed rattled by the sudden bleeding.
Though she tried to compensate with three birdies on the back nine, it proved to be of little benefit. A bogey at the ninth and two consecutive lost shots at 12 & 13 meant that she signed off with a 74 to add to her 70 from the first round.
Meanwhile Kapoor was steady through the round – she managed to pack in a couple of quick birdies between bogeys at the 4th and 9th to make the turn without any damage on her card.
Vani added a solitary birdie at the penultimate hole to sign off on a 71, just enough to inch her closer to the leader. At the end of the second round, Amandeep enjoyed a slender one shot lead over Vani with a score of 144 through 36 holes.
Vani was one over through two rounds, heading into the final round with her score reading 145. Amateur golfer Aditi Ashok had shocked the field with a stellar 64 at the KGA and it was the turn of another of her ilk to take centre stage at the Prestige Golfshire.
Trisha Sunil shot an even 72 on Thursday to slot herself in T3 with Neha Trupathi, just three behind the leader. Neha scored 73 in her second round.
Trisha played brilliantly in the front nine carding three birdies on the 6th, 7th and 8th holes, with a lone bogie on the 5th. However, she could not sustain the momentum and played a birdie-less back nine with two bogies on the 16th and 18th holes to return with a level par score at the end of the day’s play.
Neha carded four birdies on the 5th, 13th, 17th and 18th holes, while dropping shots on the 6th, 12th and 16th, along with a double bogie on the 10th hole to the end day with a score of 1 over 73.
Hero MotoCorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet and Kapurthala’s Gursimar Badwal with a total score of 149 are in tied 5th position after 36 holes. Gursimar fired four birdies on the 7th, 12th, 16th and 18th holes, but bogies on the 1st, 4th, 9th, 10th, 13th, along with a double on the 8th marred her card as she finished the day with a score of 3 over 75.
Sharmila, the local sensation carded two birdies on the 8th and 18th holes, along with a bogie and double on the 5th and 10th respectively to return with a card of 1 over 73.
Delhi’s Ankita Tiwana is in seventh position with a total score of 154. Her error prone round of 6 over 78 included seven bogies on the 2nd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 17th holes, with a lone birdie on the 1st hole.
Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma is in 8th position with a total score of 156, followed by Pune’s Shweta Galande and Delhi’s Mehar Atwal in tied 9th position with identical scores of 159 after two rounds.
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