Noida: Aditi Ashok continued to stay ahead of the field after the second round of the Usha Delhi Ladies and Junior Girls Golf Championships at the NOIDA Golf Club on Wednesday. The 14-year-old Bangalore golfer, who is the reigning Usha All India ladies champion, shot 76 to total 148, which was two clear of the second placed Gurbani Singh (75).
Gursimar Badwal, despite giving away three shots in the last two holes, carded 76, and moved into the third place ahead of Anisha Padukone (80). Gursimar is at 154 and Anisha is at 155.
Aditi, who has been among the leading women amateurs despite her tender years, started the day with a three-shot advantage, and with a birdie on the par-5 first hole to extend her lead. But after that initial birdie, she failed to find any more birdies. Instead she dropped five bogeys to finish at 76.
Gurbani had the day’s best round of 75. Gurbani, who was third on the ladies IGU Order of Merit last season with three wins, had four birdies, but she also gave away two double bogeys besides three other bogeys in her 75.
Gursimar Badwal with one birdie on either side of the turn against three bogeys was just one over after 16 holes. But she double bogeyed the 17th and bogeyed the 18th to slip to 76. Still, with Anisha Padukone struggling to an eight-over 80, Gursimar moved up to third place.
In category A, Gurbani (75-75) led the field at 150, with Millie Saroha (78-78) second at 156 while in Category B, Aditi Ashok (72-76) was a comfortable leader at 148 and Ankita Kedalya (78-79) was second at 157.
In Category C, Arushi Pandey (88-78) was way ahead of the rest in second round and moved to top at 166 with overnight leader Akshita Singh (88-88) second at 176.
In Category D, Tanishka Kumar took over the lead with a round of 84 and she was seven shots ahead of Anika Varma (87-93) and Sifat Sagoo (90-90) who are at 180.
The Delhi Ladies and junior girls golf championships is the first event for the ladies in the 2012 season. Usha International will be sponsoring the junior and ladies events on the Indian Golf Union’s circuit.
By Indian Sports News Network