Neha Tripathi secured a six-shot lead in the first leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour with a fluent second round of golf here on Thursday. Tripathi managed six birdies to score five-under 66.
With an overall tally of two-under 140, she has overtaken Diksha Dagar after 36 holes.
Neha was in an unrelenting mood in the second round, reminiscent of her performance at the Classic Golf Resort last year, in the Women’s Tour. Then, she had managed a record score of 10-under-62.
On Thursday, she started with five pars and then birdied sixth, seventh and ninth to turn in three-under. On the back, she birdied 12th and 14th, but dropped a shot on the 17th. She quickly made amends with a birdie on 18th to sign off with a 66.
Diksha, on the contrary, was off-colour. She had just one birdie on the Par-3 fourth hole; this was after she had dropped shots on second and third. On the back nine, she bogeyed in the 13th, 15th, 17th and 18th holes to fade away to 76.
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One shot behind her is Pranavi Urs, who managed a round of 74. She had a rough start with bogeys on first and third, and a double on fifth, but she managed to control the damage as she birdied the eighth to get to three-over at the turn. However, bogeys on 15th and 17th pulled her back again.
Amandeep Drall is tied-fourth. She had three birdies and four bogeys in her 72.
Forgettable day for Millie Saroha
Millie Saroha had a forgettable day with nine bogeys, a double and no birdies in a card of 82 that saw her slip to tied-eighth.
Among other competitors, Siddhi Kapoor (75-75) is fifth, Khushi Khanijau (75-77) is sixth while Afshan Fatima (78-75) is seventh. Gursimar Badwal (78-76) is tied-eighth, and Ananya Datar (79-76) is 10th.
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