Women’s Professional Golf Tour: Saaniya Sharma takes lead on Day 1

Saaniya SharmaKolkata: Saaniya Sharma carded one under 69 to grab the lead in the first round of the fourth leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour here on Tuesday.

Chandigarh's Saaniya had an indifferent start, carding a bogey on the very first hole, but was able to neutralise the damage by carding birdies on the second and sixth holes in her front nine.

On her way in, she carded a double bogey on the 12th hole. However, she controlled the damage by carding birdies on the 13th and 14th holes.

Delhi golfer Vani Kapoor, who finished second with an even par score fired a bogey and a birdie a piece in her front nine on the first and 7th holes, while following a smiliar script in her back nine by carding a birdie on the 13th hole followed by a bogey on the 14th.

Panchkula's Amandeep Drall and Gurgaon's Gaurika Bishnoi are tied third with identical scores of one over 71.

Amandeep would have hoped for a better start as she carded a birdie less front nine, while dropping a shot on the second hole.

Her return journey started on a similar note as she carded bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes, but birdies on the 13th and 15th helped her salvage the situation.

Gaurika's card on the day included birdies on the sixth and eighth holes, while dropping shots on the third, 13th and 17th.

Kolkata's Smriti Mehra carded birdies on the sixth, seventh, eighth and 10th holes while dropping shots on the first, third, fifth, 13th, 16th and 17th, to take the fifth position with a score of two over 72.

Delhi's Mehar Atwal carded three over 73 to take the sixth position, with birdies on the seventh and 13th holes, and bogeys on the 1st, 10th, 14th, 16th and 18th.

Jaipur's Afshan Fatima is in seventh position with a score of four over 74, followed by Hero MotoCorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet in eighth with a score of five over 75.