Women’s Professional Golf Tour: Ankita, Sharmila in tied lead after Day 1

Sharmila Nicollet 3Bengaluru: Ankita Tiwana and Sharmila Nicollet tied for the lead with identical scores of 1 under 71 on the first day of the 11th Leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Prestige Golfshire here on Wednesday. Trailing them at tied third position are Mehar Atwal and Amandeep Drall with a score of par 72. The INR 7,00,000 event will culminate on 29th July 2016.

Delhi’s Ankita Tiwana started cautiously in her front nine, and carded a bogey and birdie apiece on the 4th and 9th holes respectively. In the back nine, she dropped a single shot on the 13th hole, while adding two more birdies on the 12th and 16th to finish the round with score of 1 under 71. Hero MotoCorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet carded a birdie on the 9th hole, while dropping two shots on the 2nd and 7th holes in her front nine. She put up a much improved performance in the latter half, firing three birdies on the 13th, 14th, and 18th holes, while dropping a single shot on the 12th to finish with a score of 1 under 71 for the tied lead.

Delhi’s Mehar Atwal and Chandigarh’s Amandeep Drall are tied third with identical scores of par 72 after the first round. Mehar carded a birdie on the 2nd hole while dropping two shots on the 4th and 7th holes in her front nine. She played a more controlled back nine, adding two more birdies on the 12th and 13th holes while carding a bogey on the 11th. Amandeep played a blemish-free front nine, carding two birdies on the 2nd and 8th holes. However, two back to back bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes meant she couldn’t finish with an under par score.

Neha Tripathi who is currently leading the Hero Order of Merit is placed fifth with a score of 1 over 73 after 18 holes. Neha’s card on the day included two birdies on the 7th and 10th holes along with a bogey on the 3rd and a double bogey on the 9th hole.

Delhi’s Vani Kapoor with local girls Nikki Ponappa and Trisha Sunil, are all tied for the sixth position with identical scores of 2 over 74 after the first round.

Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma is placed 9th with a score of 3 over 75, followed by Mysore’s Sonam Chugh at 10th position with a score of 4 over 76 and Kolkata’s Siddhi Kapoor at 11th with a score of 5 over 77 after 18 holes.