Vani wins fourth title of season in Bengaluru

Vani Kapoor led the field from the very first round and kept getting better by the day to claim the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour title by a huge margin of 16 shots over second-placed Gursimar Badwal.

Vani Kapoor in action at the eighth leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour in Bengaluru.   -  The Hindu

Vani Kapoor clinched the eighth Leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour, her fourth title of the season, after carding a superb four under 68 in the final round, here. Gursimar Badwal finished second with a total score of 222 and was followed by Amandeep Drall and Neha Tripathi in tied third position at 224 at the Eagleton Golf Resort.

Delhi’s Vani led the field from the very first round and kept getting better by the day to claim the title by a huge margin of 16 shots over Gursimar. She started impressively, playing a blemish free front-nine with two birdies on the 4th and 7th holes. She added three more birdies to her tally on the 14th, 17th and 18th holes, while dropping just a single shot on the 15th.

In the process, she demolished all opposition and finished the round with a total score of 206 after 54 holes.

Kapurthala’s Gursimar played an even-par round of 72 to take the second position. Her round included two birdies on the 14th and 15th holes with an equal number of bogeys on the 7th and 18th to finish with a total score of 222 after the final round.

Panchkula’s Amandeep carded 1 under 71, only the second under-par score of the round to finish tied third. She fired four birdies on the 1st, 4th, 6th and 8th holes with a lone bogey on the 7th. However, she could not sustain the momentum in the latter half and dropped two shots on the 13th and 15th holes.

Hero Order of Merit leader Neha Tripathi was far from her best in the final round. She had an indifferent start and carded a double bogey on the 2nd hole, followed by four bogeys on the 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th holes. However, two late birdies on the 17th and 18th holes helped her to control the damage and she finished the round with a score of 4 over 76.

Delhi’s Mehar Atwal could not replicate her second round performance and finished fifth with a total score of 226. Her card of 4 over 76 on the day included three birdies on the 6th, 7th and 18th holes along with five bogeys on the 3rd, 5th, 10th, 13th and 15th. She also carded a double on the 16th hole.

Amateur Suchitra Ramesh finished sixth with a total score of 231, followed by Pune’s Shweta Galande and Delhi’s Gauri Monga in tied seventh position at 232.

The Tour now moves to the Clover Greens for the 9th Leg to be played from June 21 to 24.