Lucknow: Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall will draw inspiration from her stellar domestic form and look to capitalise on her No.1 ranking in the 16th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2016 to be played at the The Palms Golf Club & Resort,Lucknow. The INR 6,00,000 event featuring 11 professionals will commence on 24th November 2016.
Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall, who currently leads the Hero Order of Merit with earnings of INR 10,61,534, has registered four wins from 12 appearances. She has been one of the most consistent players this year and will look to fiercely protect the top position and secure her fifth win this season. A win here will consolidate her No .1 ranking, and put her in strong contention for the ‘Player of the Year’ award.
Delhi’s Vani Kapoor is currently placed second in the Hero Order of Merit with a total earning of INR 10,21,150 and has posted six wins in 11 appearances this season. A win here will help her equalise the record for most wins in a season currently held by Smriti Mehra. Vani, who showcased a commendable performance at the recently concluded Hero Women’s Indian Open 2016, will however face a strong challenge from Amandeep Drall.
A notable absentee in the 16th leg is Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi, who is currently placed third on the Hero Order of Merit with total earnings of 9,97,383. She had to miss the Lucknow event due to her overseas commitments.
Kapurthala’s Gursimar Badwal, sitting fourth in the money list with total earnings of INR 8,83,200, will be eager to register her second win this year. Gursimar, who has been guilty of letting potentially winning situations slip away, will look to break the jinx and climb up the money ladder. Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma occupying the fifth position in the money list with a total of INR 7,08,425 will also be hoping for her first professional title this season.
Other players to watch out for will be Pune’s Shweta Galande, Delhi’s Ankita Tiwana and overseas player Kiran Matharu, who had a top 10 finish at the recently concluded Hero Women’s Indian Open 2016.
The par 70 scenic golf course in Lucknow is all set to test the mental and physical calibre of the players.