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Gaurika Bishnoi holds fort on Day 1

Gurgaon,1st March 2017: Gaurika Bishnoi carded three under 69 to take the lead on the first day of the 5th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf tour 2017 at the Classic Golf & Country Club, here on Wednesday. Trailing her in second position with identical scores of one under 71 are Amandeep Drall and Vani Kapoor. The INR 8,00,000 event will culminate on 3rd March.

Local girl Gaurika Bishnoi had a shaky start, carding a bogey on the 2nd hole. However, she bounced back with an eagle on the 4th and a birdie on the 8th on her way out. In her back nine, she carded birdies on the 10th, 16th and 17th holes while dropping shots on the 11th and 13th to finish with a score of three under 69.

Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall and New Delhi’s Vani Kapoor were tied second with identical scores of one under 71 after 18 holes. Amandeep started impressively, carding a bogey free front nine, with birdies on the 3rd and 4th holes. In her back nine, she dropped shots on the 10th, 11th and 13th holes, but quickly regained composure and carded birdies on the 15th and 18th. Vani Kapoor had an indifferent start, carding bogeys on the 2nd and 3rd holes. The damage was quickly controlled with birdies on the 6th and 9th. She carded a bogey on the 14th hole, but an eagle on the 18th provided the impetus for her to finish with a sub par score of one under 71.

Jaipur’s Afshan Fatima started with aplomb, carding a birdie on the very first hole. Thereafter, her round was a mix of impressive play and mediocrity, with birdies on the 4th, 6th and 18th offset by bogeys on the 2nd, 5th, 14th and 17th holes. She finished with an even par round.

Amateur Tvesa Malik and Hero MotoCorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet were tied fifth with identical scores of one over 73. Tvesa carded birdies on the 6th and 14th, while dropping shots on the 1st, 3rd and 12th. Sharmila’s card on the day included birdies on the 5th, 12th, 13th and 18th while dropping shots on the 1st, 6th, 7th, 9th and 14th.

Overseas Thai professional Walailak Satarak and Kapurthala’s Gursimar Badwal were tied seventh with identical scores of two over 74, followed by amateur Gurjot Badwal in ninth position with a score of four over 76. Anisha Padukone and Saaniya Sharma finished the round tied tenth with identical scores of five over 77.