Gurugram, March 11:Hunar Mittal, a 15-year-old amateur from Chandigarh, dropped two late bogeys on the back nine, but still came out with the best card of the first day at the sixth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Classic Golf & Country Club, Gurugram.
Hunar is trained by Jesse Grewal, whose list of students includes Shubhankar Sharma and Ajeetesh Sandhu.
Hunar shot even par 72 with four birdies and four bogeys.She leads by one shot over experienced Vani Kapoor, winner of the tournament last week, and Neha Tripathi. Another amateur Asmitha Sathish shot 74 as did Gaurika Bishnoi to share the fourth place.
Pranavi Urs led a bunch of four golfers at three-over 75 in Tied-sixth place alongside Rhea Jha, Oviya Reddi and Siddhi Kapoor. Amandeep Drall, winner of the fourth leg, is tenth with 76.
Hunar, who won the Faldo Series India Championship at Jaypee Greens, Noida in January, has been among the top amateurs in the country. Though she was tied with Sneha Singh in the weather-hit event, Hunar was declared the winner on count back.
A student of Gurukul Global School, Manimajra, she has been playing the game since the age of four at the Chandigarh Golf Association range under coach Jesse Grewal, with whom she continues to train. Grewal sees a lot of potential in the youngster, who was second on the IGU Category B Merit List. Hunar has also played events outside India and finished fifth in IJGA World Star Juniors in US and was third in Singapore Junior Golf Championships last year. Mittal also won the category B in the IGU Northern India Ladies and Junior Girls Golf Championship played in Jaipur last year.
She is playing the Hero WPGT events in preparation for the Faldo Series Asia Final later in the month, besides other internationals.
Hunar, who finished in a tie for seventh last week, began with a bogey on the first. She quickly made amends with a birdie on second and another one on fifth to turn in one-under. After a bogey on 10th, she birdied 12thand 13thto get to two-under. However, she dropped shots on 15thand 16thto finish at even par 72.
Vani Kapoor birdied seventh and 18thand bogeyed 11th, but the double bogey on Par-4 12thproved costly as she carded 73.
Neha Tripathi, who has been winless for a while, had two birdies on fifth and 18th, but dropped shots on sixth, ninth and 10th.
Tee times for Round 2 of the sixth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at Classic Golf and Country Club, Gurugram:
8:30 AM : Anousha Tripathi 84; Trimann Saluja 83;
8:40 AM : Ishvari Prasanna 83; Tanirika Singh 83; Shagun Narain 82;
8:50 AM : Mehar Atwal 82; Smriti Mehra 82; Ridhima Dilawari 81;
9:00 AM : Ayesha Kapur 81; Saaniya Sharma 79; Sonam Chugh 79;
9:10 AM : Lakhmehar Pardesi 79; Jyotsana Singh 79; Gursimar Badwal 79;
9:20 AM : Khushi Khanijau 78; Gurjot Badwal 77; Amandeep Drall 76;
9:30 AM : Siddhi Kapoor 75; Oviya Reddi 75; Rhea Jha 75;
9:40 AM : Pranavi Urs 75; Gaurika Bishnoi 74; Asmitha Sathish (A) 74;
9:50 AM : Vani Kapoor 73; Neha Tripathi 73; Hunar Mittal (A) 72;
Gursimar Badwal receiving winner's cheque from Mr. B Hariharan, Managing Director