Visakhapatnam, Feb 16:Jahanvi Bakshi, a four-time winner in 2021, roared back into form in the second leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the East Point Golf Club with a superb display in the middle of the round on the first day. The 19-year-old, who was fourth in the opening leg last week, started off with a birdie and then had five more between seventh and the 14th. She bogeyed sixth and the 13th and ended with 68.
Jahanvi may well have gone lower but for some missed chances. She is one shot ahead of Ridhima Dilawari (69) and two clear of amateur Sneha Singh, who was third last week too. Shweta Mansingh (71) was fourth as three players, Seher Atwal, Rhea Purvi Saravanan and Nayanika Sanga carded even par 72 each to be placed fourth on a good scoring day.
Last week’s winner Pranavi Urs had a modest day with 75 as she twice had back-to-back bogeys. Pranavi had started the first leg also with a 75, so she would be looking at improving in the next two rounds.
Ridhima Dilawari, who had a subdued opening to the season, had back-to-back bogeys on 18th and first, as she started from the tenth. She had five other birdies.
Sneha, a three-time winner while still being an amateur, was even for her first nine with two birdies and two bogeys, and then had one bogey and three birdies on her back nine, as she played in the same group as Ridhima.
Neha Tripathi, Hitaashee Bakshi and Trimann Saluja were tied for eighth place to complete the Top-10.
Tee times for the second round of the second leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at East Point Golf Club, Visakhapatnam:
1 8:15 am : Vidhatri Urs (A) 76; Gaurika Bishnoi 76; Lakhmehar Pardesi 76;
2 8:25 am : Pranavi Urs 75; Oviya Reddi 74; Hitaashee Bakshi 73;
3 8:35 am : Trimann Saluja 73; Neha Tripathi 73; Nayanika Sanga 72;
4 8:45 am : Rhea P. Saravanan 72; Seher Atwal 72; Shweta Mansingh 71;
5 8:55 am : Sneha Singh (A) 70; Ridhima Dilawari 69; Jahanvi Bakshi 68;
6 8:20 am : Asmitha Sathish 76; Saanvi Somu (A); 77 Durga Nittur 77;
7 8:30 am : Mehar Atwal 78; Jyotsana Singh 78; Saaniya Sharma 79;
8 8:40 am : Disha Kavery 79; Agrima Manral 80; Ishvari Prasanna 80;
9 8:50 am : Rhea Jha 81; Riya Yadav 82; Khushi Khanijau 82;
10 9:00 am : Smriti Bhargav (A) 84; Geetika Ahuja 85; Suchitra Ramesh 86;
Hitaashee Bakshi gets her prize