Women's golf: Vani Kapoor claims title at Tollygunge

Vani Kapoor HWPGT 2014Kolkata: Delhi youngster Vani Kapoor showed signs of her quintessential self, pocketing the winners cheque in the 4th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at Tollygunge Club, Kolkata. Vani with this win has comfortably consolidated her position atop the Hero Order of Merit leaderboard with two wins from four appearances this season. The Delhi youngster, better known as the ‘Queen of Comebacks’, capitalized on her overnight lead to finish comfortably with a total score of 214 after 54 holes. Trailing Vani by a huge margin of six shots was Bengaluru golfer Sharmila Nicollet at 220, who finished as the runners up. Local golfer Neha Tripathi finished third carding a total score of 221.

Hero Order of Merit Leader Vani Kapoor hadan indifferent start, carding a bogey on the first hole. She holed two morebogies on the 7th and 8th holes with a lone birdie on the 9th hole in her front nine. She however played a watchful back nine, carding just one bogey on the 14th hole to finish with a score of 3 over 73. Hero Motocorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet played a controlledround with two bogies on the 5th and 10th holes and adouble bogey on the 13th hole. Her lone birdie came on the 3rd hole to help her finish ahead of Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi with a total score of 220.

Neha Tripathi had an off day in the park, as she carded six bogies on the 1st, 8th, 9th, 14th, 16th and 18th holes, with three birdies on the 3rd, 5th and 15th holes. She also carded a double bogey on the 7th hole to finish the day with a score of 5 over 75. Pune’s Shweta Galande, Kapurthala’s Gursimar Badwal and Indian origin English golfer Kiran Matharu finished tied fourth with identical scores of 223. Shweta carded two birdies on the 15th and 16th holes while dropping shots on the 1st, 3rd, 12th and 17th holes. Gursimar played the best round of 2 over 72 with three birdies on the 6th, 8th and 10th holes. She carded bogies on the 1st, 4th and 7th holes, along with a double bogey on the 17th hole. Kiran on the other hand carded bogies on the 1st, 4th and 16th holes along with two double bogies on the 5th and 12th holes. Her lone birdie came on the 15th hole and she finished with a score of 6 over 76.

Veteran golfer Smriti Mehra finished in the seventh position followed by Delhi golfers Ankita Tiwana and Gauri Monga at the eighth and ninth places respectively. From Kolkata in the east, the Tour now moves to Mumbai on the west coast of India, for the fifth Leg to be played at The Bombay Presidency Golf Club from 18th to 20th February 2015.