Harpal Singh Bedi
Mumbai: Hitaashee Bakshi produced a strong finish carding 69 on the final day to win the third leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour by three shots at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club.
Hitaashee shot 69, while overnight joint leader Sneha Singh, faltered at the end and ended with a round of 72. Hitaashee finished with a total of 5-under 205 for the week, while Sneha aggregated 2-under 208
Gaurika Bishnoi returned one of the only two sub-par scores on the final day for 1-under 69 and finished third at 1-under 209.
Pranavi Urs (72) and Amandeep Drall (73) were Tied-fourth at 1-over 211. Jahanvi Bakshi, the top pro last week, shot 71 and was sixth.
Seher Atwal began the week with a 3-under 67 and then had 78-70 to Tie for seventh, while Ridhima Dilawari (72) was ninth and amateur Avani Prashanth (71) was 10th.
Hitaashee, hit three successive sub-par rounds of 67-69-69 saw her turn in a steady performance.
Starting the final day in the group alongside Sneha, Hitaashee began with a bogey. When Sneha birdied the second, she pulled two ahead after starting at the same score.
Sneha further birdied fifth and sixth to go four shots ahead. However, bogeys on eighth and ninth opened the door for Hitaashee once again as the gap narrowed to just two.
The back nine produced more drama. Hitaashee birdied the 10th and reduced the gap to one. When Sneha bogeyed the 12th, Hitaashee became the leader by one. The twist continued as Hitaashee bogeyed 14th and the duo was level once more.
The last stage of the drama came when Hitaashee birdied 16 and 18 while Sneha bogeyed once again on 18. The gap at the end was a handsome three shots for Hitaashee.
Jahanvi finished sixth but stayed on top of the Hero Order of Merit, with Pranavi Urs second and Gaurika Bishnoi third. Hitaashee moved up to fourth place.