Neha eyes encore at women's golf tour

Neha Tripathi 26Ahmedabad:Buoyed by her winning start to the season, Kolkatas Neha Tripathi is seeking an encore in the second leg of the Hero Womens Professional Golf Tour which tees off at the picturesque par-72 course at Kensville Golf and Country Club here from Wednesday.

Having pocketed Rs 1,44,000 for her effort in the first leg, she will look to consolidate her position atop the Hero Order of Merit. However, she is expected to face tough competition from the likes of Amandeep Drall and Smriti Mehra.

Panchkula's Amandeep, who came a close second in the first event, would be keen to make amends and will be eyeing her maiden title of the season.

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She is currently placed second in the Hero Order of Merit with earnings of Rs 1,14,000.

Kolkata's Smriti impressed everyone with a strong comeback in the final round last week, and would be eyeing a win at Kensville here.

She finished third and would like to keep the momentum going.

This event also marks the return of Sharmila Nicollet, who will be playing her first professional tournament of the season, and will look to turn heads with her performance.

Kapurthala's Gursimar Badwal did not have the best of outings in the last event and would be eager to make an impact.

Other golfers to watch out for are Chandigarh's Saaniya Sharma, Gurgaon's Gaurika Bishnoi and New Delhi's Mehar Atwal.