Amandeep blazes on back nine to take 3-shot lead in 5th Leg of Hero WPGT

Harpal Singh Bedi

Amandeep Drall

Gurugram: Amandeep Drall, played a sublime back nine with four birdies to emerge  sole leader  after the first round in the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Tuesday.

Preparing  for a busy European Tour season Amandeep  was the only player to score under par.

Amandeep, who is yet to win on the domestic Tour this season, took a three-shot lead over Jahanvi Bakshi (72), while Rhea Purvi Saravanan and Nayanika Sanga shot 2-over 74 each to occupy the Tied-second place.

Pranavi Urs, the current leader on the Hero Order of Merit, Seher Atwal, Astha Madan and Durga Nittur carded 3-over 75 each and were Tied-fifth.

Six players including one amateur,-Nishna Patel (A),  Rhea Jha, Asmitha Sathish, Gaurika Bishnoi, Ridhima Dilawari and Saaniya Sharma- were Tied 9th at 76 each.

Hitaashee Bakshi, who already has a win this season, was 15th.

Amandeep began with a birdie on Par-3 third but dropped a shot on Par-5 fourth, which was not playing easy – though Vani Kapoor (78) and Neha Tripathi (78) birdied the same hole. Amandeep had a second bogey on Par-5 eighth and turned in 1-over 37. On the back nine she picked shots on 10th, 14th, 15th, and the 17th.

Jahanvi dropped three bogeys between third and sixth but also had a birdie on fifth. She steadied herself and birdied the ninth to turn in 1-over 37. On the back nine she had one birdie on Par-5 15th and parred the rest for a day’s work of 72.

Rhea had three birdies against three bogeys and a double bogey, while Nayanika had two birdies against four bogeys.


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