Gurugram, Sept 2:Amateur Sneha Singh and teenaged Jahanvi Bakshi shared the honours after a marathon second day of the seventh leg of the Hero WPGT at the DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurugram. While Sneha rode on her first round 69, Jahanvi had a bogey free 70 in the second round.
When action returned on the Hero Women’s Tour for the second half of the season, the players were barely able to go through nine holes on Wednesday due to inclement weather. So, they had to endure a long day with 27 holes on Thursday.
Amateur Sneha, who has already won on the pro Tour, was 3-under through the front nine on Wednesday. She played the back nine in even par for a superb first round of 3-under 69 which had a total of six birdies and three bogeys. In the second round, which commenced soon after the first round ended, Sneha Singh shot 2-over 74 with bogeys on two of the Par-5s. She had three birdies against five bogeys.
Jahanvi Bakshi, who had a 73 in the first round, carded the best score of the second round with a 2-under 70 that included two birdies and no bogeys. She looked consistent and confident at a course that has often proved a struggle even for the best.
Amateur Avani Prashanth, who had a 74 in the first round, seemed determined to make up for that as she made the turn in a superb 4-under 32. However, she went 3-over 39 on the back nine for a second round of 71. With a 36-hole total of 145, she is two shots behind Sneha and Jahanvi.
Seher Atwal, who had a front nine 35 on Wednesday, was also even for the second half and in the second round she dropped to 77.
Trimann Saluja (75-79) had contrasting fortunes on the Par-5 18th. In the first round which was completed this morning she had an eagle on 18th, but in the afternoon in the second she had a triple bogey eight.
Hitaashee Bakshi (76-80) was sixth, while Gaurika Bishnoi (78-80) and Siddhi Kapoor (78-80) were Tied for seventh.
The final round will be played on Friday with amateurs Sneha and Avani battling professionals Jahanvi and Seher.
Tee times of first round, Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour 2021 - Leg 7 at DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurugram
1 8:20 AM Disha Kavery 171; Lakhmehar Pardesi 168;
2 8:30 AM Rishika Muralidhar (A)168; Suchitra Ramesh 165
3 8:40 AM Rhea P. Saravanan 164; Jyotsana Singh 164; Nishna Patel (A) 162
4 8:50 AM Khushi Hooda (A); 162 Zara Anand (A) 162; Neha Tripathi 161
5 9:00 AM Afshan Fatima 160; Rhea Jha 160; Oviya Reddi 160
6 9:15 AM Khushi Khanijau 159; Siddhi Kapoor 158; Gaurika Bishnoi 158
7 9:25 AM Hitaashee Bakshi 156; Trimann Saluja 154; Seher Atwal 148
8 9:35 AM Avani Prashanth (A) 145; Jahanvi Bakshi 143; Sneha Singh (A) 143
By V Krishnaswamy (@Swinging_Swamy)
Amandeep Drall receiving winner's award jointly from Mr. Ravibir Singh-President CGC