Gurugram, Dec 16:Amandeep Drall carried her fine form from last week as she birdied the final hole to grab a share of the lead at the end of the first round of the ninth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Classic Golf & Country Club. Amandeep carded one-under 71 to tie at the top with Vani Kapoor, who finished almost an hour before her as play started two hours and 10 minutes late due to morning fog.
Amandeep, who took the winner’s cheque despite finishing second behind amateur Sneha Singh in the seventh leg, won the eighth leg last week. Now in the ninth leg she shares the lead with Vani Kapoor, from whom Amandeep took over the lead in the Hero Order of Merit.
As the players approach the grand finale of the year 2020, Ridhima Dilawari also found some form with an even par 72 and was sole third, while Tvesa Malik and Hitaashee Bakshi shot 73 each to be tied-fourth.
Amateurs Hunar Mittal and Avani Prashanth carded 74 each as did the experienced Diksha Dagar to share the sixth place, while six players, Pranavi Urs, Asmitha Sathish, Rhea Jha, Lakhmehar Pardesi, Neha Tripathi and amateur Nayanika Sanga were all bunched at Tied-ninth with scores of 75 each.
Amandeep Drall, who has been playing extremely well since the re-start of the Hero WPGT two weeks ago, started disastrously with a double bogey on the Par-4 first. She birdied the fifth but gave away a shot on sixth and parred next three holes to turn in two-over. On the back nine, Amandeep played flawlessly and had three birdies on 12th , 14th and 18th to card 71.
While Amandeep had a great run on the back nine, Vani Kapoor, who did not have a good time in the last two events, had a bogey on third. She, however, birdied fifth, eighth and ninth to turn in 2-under. A series of pars interrupted by a bogey on 17th meant she finished the day at one-under 71.
Ridhima had five birdies against five bogeys.
Hitaashee Bakshi started with three bogeys but ended with four birdies in the stretch between 13th and 17th and shot 73. Tvesa Malik had two birdies on either side of the course and five bogeys in her 73.
Tee times for second Round of the ninth leg of the Hero WPGT at Classic Golf & Country Club, Gurugram
9:00 AM: Jyotsana Singh 87; Trimann Saluja 83; Vidhatri Urs (A) 83;
9:10 AM: Riya Yadav (A) 82; Ayesha Kapur 81; Smriti Mehra 80;
9:20 AM: Siddhi Kapoor 79; Saaniya Sharma 79; Gursimar Badwal 79;
9:30 AM: Rishika Muralidhar (A) 78; Anisha Agarwalla 77; Afshan Fatima 77;
9:40 AM: Seher Atwal 76; Shagun Narain 76; Jahanvi Bakshi 76;
9:55 AM: Astha Madan 76; Neha Tripathi 75; Lakhmehar Pardesi 75;
10:05 AM: Nayanika Sanga (A) 75; Rhea Jha 75; Pranavi Urs 75;
10:15 AM: Asmitha Sathish 75; Diksha Dagar 74; Hunar Mittal (A) 74;
10:25 AM: Avani Prashanth (A) 74; Tvesa Malik 73; Hitaashee Bakshi 73;
10:35 AM: Ridhima Dilawari 72; Amandeep Drall 71; Vani Kapoor 71;
Hitaashee Bakshi receiving winner's cheque from Mr. Rajat Sethi, GM-ITC Grand Bharat & Classic Golf & Country Club