Vani wins maiden title of new season

Vani Kapoor carded an even par round on the final day to total 213, while Amandeep Drall finished second with 217 at the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour.

Vani Kapoor carded a bogey-free round with birdies on the 10th and 16th holes.   -  Special Arrangement

Young golfer Vani Kapoor claimed her first title of the season with a margin of four strokes at the fourth leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Tollygunge Club here on Thursday.

Vani carded an even par round on the final day to total 213, while Amandeep Drall finished second with 217 at the Rs 7,00,000 event.

Vani had an indifferent start, dropping a shot on the very first hole. She went on to card a birdie on the seventh hole, with a double bogey on the eighth in her front nine.

Sensing victory, she then played with much more control and carded a bogey-free round with birdies on the 10th and 16th holes.

Panchkula’s Amandeep had a shaky start, carding bogeys on the first and the fifth holes. But birdies on the eighth and ninth helped her neutralise the damage on her way out. Her lone birdie in the back nine came on the 15th hole, while she dropped shots on the 10th, 11th, 13th, 17th and 18th to finish the round with a score of four over 74.

Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma and Sharmila Nicollet were tied third with a scores of 218 after the third round.

Jaipur’s Afshan Fatima finished in fifth position with a total score of 221. She was followed by Kolkata’s Smriti Mehra in sixth position with a score of 222.

Neha Tripathi finished seventh with a total score of 223, followed by Gaurika Bishnoi and Mehar Atwal in tied eighth with an identical score of 225.