Women golf: Vani firm favourite at KGA

Vani Kapoor Day 2Bengaluru: Delhi golfer Vani Kapoor will look to sustain her good form and continue her winning run in the 11th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour to be played at the picturesque Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) in Bengaluru. The INR 700,000 event will see 18 professionals and 6 amateurs fighting it out for the top honours, and will be played from 15th July to 17th July 2015.

Vani, who won the last leg and leads the Hero Order of Merit 2015 with total earnings of INR 10,47,200, has posted four wins in 10 appearances this season. She was pipped to the title last year by Pune amateur Raksha Phadke but will look to seal her maiden professional title here.

The Delhi youngster is however expected to face a stiff challenge from rookie golfer Amandeep Drall, who currently is sitting at the second position in the money list with total earnings of Rs. 6,85,135. The Panchkula golfer who has played consistent golf so far in the season is yet to register a win, and will be eager to open her account at KGA.

The event will also see the return of Hero Motocorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet. The local sensation who skipped the last three events on the tour, is all set to make a comeback at her home course. Sharmila is yet to win a tournament this year, and will be eager to bag her first title at KGA.

Other golfers to watch out for will be Kolkata’s Smriti Mehra, Neha Tripathi and Kapurthala golfer Gursimar Badwal. Veteran Smriti Mehra, with two wins in nine appearances, is placed third in the order of merit with total earnings of INR 6,80,000. Trailing her on fourth and fifth positions respectively are Neha and Gursimar.

Saaniya Sharma of Chandigarh, who played splendid golf in the last leg and finished second, will also be eyeing her first win of the year.

Mehar Atwal ,Gauri Monga and Amandeep Drall will all be making their maiden appearance as professionals at the KGA. Pune’s Swetha Galande who last won a tour title in 2013 will also be keen to make an impact here.

Among the amateurs, defending champion Raksha Phadke along with Aditi Ashok, Trisha Sunil, Astha Madan, Diksha Dagar and Suchitra Ramesh, will look to match the pros and put up a good show.

The par 72 golf course, which is located in the heart of Bengaluru, is one the finest golf courses in India and is all set to test the skills of the players. The Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2015 comprises a total of nineteen legs spanning across key locations in India.