Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour: Vani Kapoor grabs lead

The Indian cards one-under 70 on the first day of the tournament.

Vani Kapoor carded the only sub-par round registered so far.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Vani Kapoor carded the only sub-par round of one-under 70 to take the lead on the first day of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2017 at the Poona Club Golf Course here. Trailing her in tied second position are Amandeep Drall, Gursimar Badwal and Gaurika Bishnoi - all with a score of four over 75 - at the INR 6,00,000 event, which will culminate on March 24.

Delhi’s Vani played out a front nine of fluctuating fortunes. She carded two birdies on the fourth and eighth holes, but dropped shots on the fifth and ninth. She started the return at level par, playing a more controlled and bogey-free back nine with a solitary birdie on the 10th.

Panchkula’s Amandeep had an indifferent start, carding a bogey on the second hole, but was able to neutralise the damage with a birdie on the seventh on her way out. On the return, she could not sustain the momentum and carded a birdie-less round with bogeys on 12th and 18th and also a double on the 17th.

Kapurthala’s Gursimar would have hoped for a better start, as she carded bogeys on the first, second and fifth holes with a double on the sixth. Her lone birdie in the front nine came on the seventh. In her back nine, she carded a birdie and a bogey apiece on the 12th and 13th holes respectively.

Gurgaon’s Gaurika carded a birdie on the fifth hole followed by bogeys on the seventh, eighth and ninth on the way out. The return saw a similar script, with a birdie on the 15th followed by dropped shots on the 16th, 17th and 18th. Hero MotoCorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet is placed fifth with a score of six-over-77. She carded a birdie-less front nine with bogeys on the second and third and double bogeys on the first and fifth in her front nine. In her back nine, she carded a birdie on the 12th hole followed by bogeys on the 13th, 15th and 16th, but managed to recover lost ground with an eagle on the last hole.

Siddhi Kapoor, Trisha Sunil and Shweta Galande are all tied sixth with identical scores of seven-over-78. Siddhi carded a birdie on the sixth hole, while dropping shots on the first, second, third, fourth, seventh, eighth, 11th and 17th holes. Trisha’s card on the day included birdies on the 12th and 15th holes, while dropping shots on the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth. She also carded two double bogeys on the 10th and 11th. Shweta’s lone birdie of the day came on the ninth hole, while she dropped shots on the second, third, 16th and 18th. Her card also included two double bogeys on the sixth and 17th.

Delhi’s Mehar Atwal took the ninth position with a score of eight over 79, followed by Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma in 10th position with a score of nine over 80.