Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour: Neha takes one-shot lead

Shoots two-under 70 on Day One; Gaurika Bishnoi, with one-under 71, is lies close second.

File Photo: Neha Tripathi registered three birdies and one bogey on her first seven holes.

Neha Tripathi shot two-under 70 to grab a one-shot lead on the first day of the ninth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Eagleton Golf Resort here on Wednesday. Trailing Tripathi with a round of one-under 71 was Gaurika Bishnoi, while amateur Pranavi Urs shot an even par 72 to be sole third.

The highlight, however, was a stunning hole-in-one — the first of the season — by Millie Saroha on the Par-3 17th, which played to 135 yards. Ironically, Mille had dropped five shots in the previous four holes and was going through a wretched run, before the ace lit up her day. Millie, however, finished at 78, way down in the T-11th position.

Neha had a fine start with three birdies against one bogey in her first seven holes, but then cooled off with one bogey and one birdie on the Par-3 17th for a day’s work of 70.

Five birdies for Gaurika

Gaurika is slowly running into the kind of form that made her the player to watch last season. Like Neha, she had a nice run, registering three consecutive birdies after the turn from 10th to 12th. From sixth to ninth, however, she dropped three bogeys in four holes. In all, she had five birdies, the most in the field in the first round. She also had four bogeys.

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Amateurs Pranavi Urs and Rhea Saravanan occupied the third and fourth spots with rounds of 72 and 73.

Pranavi had two each of birdies and bogeys, while Rhea had three bogeys and one birdie on the front nine but was flawless on the back stretch with one birdie and no bogeys. Amandeep Drall was four-over through 12 and then recovered with two birdies and ended at two-over 74 in fifth place, while Trisha Sunil and Tvesa Malik shot 75 each. Trisha was unlucky with a triple bogey eight on Par-5 13th; if not for the blip, she may have been in the top three.

Suchitra Ramesh (76) was eighth, while Sonam Chugh and Gursimar Badwal carded 77 each to be tied ninth.

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