Women’s Golf: Vani starts as favourite; Vaishavi marks her return

Vani-Kapoor-Indian-Open-26Ahmedabad: Delhi’s Vani Kapoor would be eager for an encore in the second leg after a winning start to her campaign in the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2015. The second leg will also mark the return of Vaishavi Sinha. The INR 7,00,000 event will take place at the Kalhaar Blues and Greens Golf Course, Ahmedabad from 13th – 15th January.

At Kensville Golf and Country Club, Vani led the field from the first day and completed a convincing victory. She is one of the most sought after talents in the country and was named the Hero Player of the year 2014 for her dominating performance last year. However, she is expected to face tough competition from veteran Smriti Mehra and Vaishavi Sinha.

Smriti finished runners up in the first leg, and will be keen for a victory in the second event at Ahmedabad. This leg will also see the return of Vaishavi Sinha. Vaishavi made headlines when she finished fifth at the recently concluded Hero Women’s Indian Open 2014. She was the best Indian golfer on the field and is one of the contenders for the top spot.

Chandigarh golfer Amandeep Drall impressed everyone with her comeback in the first leg. She finished third and will be keen to keep the momentum going. Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma, Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi and Pune golfer Shweta Galande are the other golfers to watch out for.

Thirteen golfers including amateur Mehar Atwal will be vying for the top spot at the idyllic par 72 golf course in Ahmedabad. The course is spread over 175 acres and plays to 7425 yards, making it one of the longest golf courses in India. It is all set to test the mental and physical caliber of the players.