Holzhausern, Switzerland, Sep 10: Tvesa Malik and Diksha Dagar experienced contrasting fortunes on the opening day of the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open on Thursday. Tvesa, who has displayed steady form in recent weeks shot a no-frills round of one-under 71 and was Tied-19th with many players still on the course at Golfpark Holzhausern. In contrast Diksha’s struggles continued as she started with a birdie but was then full of errors and ended with a 15-over 87 that included six bogeys, three double bogeys and a quadruple bogey after the starting birdie.
With fans coming in for the first time, local star Kim Metraux, one of the two sisters in the field, carded six-under 66 to take sole lead, two ahead of Norwegian Tonje Daffinrud, who was 4-under with two holes to play. Also at 4-under was Sanna Nuutinen, winner last week at the LET Access Tournament in Switzerland. Sanna had three more holes to play.
Tvesa continued with her liking for Par-3 as both her birdies came on them. She birdied the Par-3 fourth and Par-3 15th, while she dropped a shot on Par-4 13th. “The Par-5s are a bit tricky so I played safe today. I did have a couple of other birdie chances but couldn’t get the putts to roll in,” said Tvesa.
“To be honest it was not my best hitting. Today I was a little off with my irons, so I need to go and work on that before I head back to my room”
Once again Tvesa avoided using a caddie. She said, “I am using a trolley this week.” Many players are doing likewise.
Tvesa is coming off results of T-20 at Czech Ladies Open and T-4 at the Flumserberg Ladies Open.
Welsh golfer, Becky Morgan shot 3-under 69 and fellow Welsh player, Amy Boulden was also 3-under but after 16 holes. Leader Kim’s sister, Morgane Metraux carded even par 72.
Gursimar Badwal receiving winner's cheque from Mr. B Hariharan, Managing Director