Pune: Ridhima Dilawari maintained her commanding lead at the end of the second round of the Usha Maharashtra Ladies Golf on Wednesday. Ridhima carded a six-over 77 but was still five shots clear of Millie Saroha (77-75) and six ahead of Raksha Phadke (78-75) and Gurbani Singh (77-76).
Ridhima, who opened the tournament with a fine one-under par 70, was struggling in the morning going five-over for the front nine three bogeys and a double bogey on ninth. She settled down better on the back nine with two birdies, one bogey and one double bogey and a 37 for a card of 77.
Millie Saroha and Raksha had two birdies each in their rounds of 75, while Gurbani played steady for her 76 but had just one birdie.
Ankita Kedalya (79-75) and Trisha Sunil (81-75) rounded off the top-six.
The 14-year-old Ridhima (147) was also leading in Category B with Ankita Kedalya (154) second, while in Category A, Mille Saroha (152) was just one ahead of Raksha (153).
In Category C, Arushi Pandey (86-82) overtook Riya Ahuja (81-88) while in Category D, Tanishka Kumar (82-82) stayed ahead of Anika Varma (89-87).
This is the penultimate event of the Ladies amateur Tour with only one more event, the All India Amateurs to be held in December at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC).
Usha, a major supporter of Indian golf, is proud of its long-term association with the sport, covering the entire spectrum of the game. Usha has been associated with ladies golf for over 25 years, and today is the nationwide sponsor of the entire Indian Golf Union (IGU) Ladies Tour. In addition, Usha is committed to supporting golf at the Juniors level, sponsoring IGU Junior tournaments in Delhi, Bangalore, Chandigarh, and is closely associated with the Junior Training Program (JTP) at the Delhi Golf Club.
Usha sponsored the 33rd Queen Sirikit Cup Championship in New Delhi in 2011 – the most important women’s amateur golf event in the Asia Pacific region. Usha sponsored the Honda Siel PGA Championship from 1991 - 2000. Usha’s Co-Chairman, Mr. Siddharth Shriram, was President of the Professional Golf Association for eight years and writes on golf for leading newspapers.
With golf being included in the 2016 Olympics for the first time, Usha’s aim is to assist in bringing home a medal.
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By Indian Sports News Network