Ahmedabad: Vani Kapoor fired 4 under 68 in the second round to grab the lead in the second leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens here on Wednesday. Trailing by a margin of four strokes in tied second position are Kiran Matharu and Amandeep Drall with a total score of 146. The INR 7,00,000 event will culminate tomorrow.
Hero Order of Merit leader Vani Kapoor started the day at tied second position after playing a birdie-less round yesterday. However, the youngster from Delhi was in supreme form today. She played a bogey-free front nine with two birdies on the 2nd and 3rd holes. She fired four more birdies in the latter half on the 11th, 12th, 13th and 15th holes while dropping just two shots on the 10th and 18th to finish with a total score of 142 after 36 holes. Her tally of six birdies was the maximum by any player in the second round. With a four stroke cushion, Vani will be eyeing her second consecutive title of the season tomorrow.
Overseas player Kiran Matharu carded 1 under 71, only the second sub-par score of the round to jump into tied second position. She started impressively, carding two birdies on the 1st and 3rd holes. She added another on the 12th hole, but two bogies on the 10th and 11th meant that she had to settle for a tied second place. Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall carded an even par 72 on the day to retain her tied second position. Her round included three birdies on the 2nd, 5th and 13th holes with an equal number of bogies on the 4th, 10th and 18th to finish with a total score of 146 after the second round.
Kapurthala golfer Gursimar Badwal carded 1 over 73 in the second round to take the fourth position with a score of 150. She carded five birdies on the 2nd, 6th, 11th, 13th and 14th holes, while dropping shots on the 10th and 18th along with two double bogies on the 3rd and 15th. Overnight leader Smriti Mehra could not reproduce her form of yesterday, and carded 7 over 79 in the second round. She is tied for the fifth position with Delhi’s Ankita Tiwana with a total score of 152. Following them are Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma and Delhi’s Mehar Atwal who are placed seventh and eighth respectively.