Diksha, Tvesa make cut in Australian Ladies Classic golf

Diksha Dagar was tied 37th while Tvesa Malik was tied 47th; both are playing in their first season in Australia.

SHREEDUTTA CHIDANANDA

File Photo: Tvesa Malik

Diksha Dagar and Tvesa Malik braved strong windy conditions to become the only two out of five Indians to make the cut at the Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic — Bonville golf tournament here.

Diksha (71-77) and Tvesa (75-74) are playing their first season in Australia.

Diksha, who turned pro only this year, is lying tied 37th at four-over 148, while Tvesa, winner of the Hero Indian Order of Merit on the domestic circuit, is tied 47th at five-over 149 after the second round.

Amandeep Drall (80-76), Astha Madan (77-80) and Vani Kapoor (79-79) missed the cut, which fell at seven-over.

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Nuria Iturrios of Spain holds a four shot lead midway through the event.

Diksha had played superbly in the first round to be tied ninth with 71. In the second round she shot 77 that included six bogeys and one birdie, which came on the 18th.

Three times Diksha had back-to-back bogey on a tough day. Tvesa had one birdie on the second hole and three bogeys.

Just nine players are in red figures with Iturrios leading on eight-under-par in total.

Overnight leader Doey Choi dropped to four-under and outright second with fellow Australian Hannah Green in third spot on three-under.

Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, Jenny Haglund and rookie Linnea Strom share the fourth spot with Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord.

Iturrios’ 67 was the best round of the day and she was only one of two players to break 70 along with Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen (69), lying tied 10th.