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Vani fires 67 to take 3-shot lead in 13th Leg of Hero WPGT

Harpal Singh Bedi

Hyderabad: Vani Kapoor blazed to 5-under 67 to take a three-shot lead at the end of the first round of the 13th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Boulder Hills Golf & Country Club, Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Vani, who has been searching for a win for quite some time, was even par for the front nine with one bogey on sixth which was compensated for by a birdie on ninth but was in electric form on the back nine with five birdies over the last seven holes.

Vani has of late begun to show the form that made her one of the most consistent golfers on the domestic circuit. In between, she seemed to have lost form but is now making up good performances. Playing steady, she navigated the front nine carefully and was all fire on the back nine.

Seher Atwal also had a good back nine with three birdies after being one-over for the front nine and was sole second.

Two others, Saaniya Sharma and Pranavi Urs carded 1-under 71 each for Tied-third, while Amandeep Drall and last week’s winner Jahanvi Bakshi shot even-par 72 each and were Tied-fifth.

Asmitha Sathish with three closing birdies carded 73 and was seventh, while Neha Tripathi had a 74 with no birdies and was Tied-eighth with Ridhima Dilawari. Ridhima carded two birdies in the first three holes but struggled thereafter and had no more birdies.

Oviya Reddi, Khushi Khanijau, Hitaashee Bakshi, and Shweta Mansingh were all tied-10th with cards of 75 each.

Seher, too, was rather quiet on the front stretch before picking three birdies against no bogeys on the return journey. With four players in the sub-par territory, it should be a close fight over the next two days.


Gaurika  cards 68 to  share the lead  with Jahanvi in the 12th leg of Hero WPGT

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Gaurika Bishnoi starting her round at HGC

Hyderabad: Gaurika Bishnoi hit superb 3-under 68 to emerge joint leader with  Jahanvi Bakshi who returned a successive card of 70,  after two rounds in the 12th leg of the Hero WPGT at the Hyderabad Golf Club on Thursday 18 November 2021.

Gaurika, played a brilliant front nine with four birdies to add 68 to her first-round 72  while sole first-round leader Jahanvi Bakshi, who shot 70 on the first day and repeated the effort to get to 2-under 140.

Gaurika had a flying start with birdies on second, fourth, seventh, and ninth to turn in 4-under. A bogey on 11th was her only blemish though she missed a few chances on the back nine. Gaurika had a long break during Covid and has since played a few tournaments in Europe. Slowly but surely, she seems to be getting back her rhythm which made her a consistent star on the Hero WPGT.

Jahanvi birdied fourth but gave away that gain on the next hole. A bogey on the 13th meant she was over par, but birdies on the 15th and 17th ensured a good finish.

Also under par after two days was Vani Kapoor, whose card of 3-under 68 included four birdies, two on either side of the course, against one bogey on the Par-5 10th.

On a day when the cut was applied at 9-over 151 with 17 players making the cut, four players shot under par. Apart from Gaurika, Jahanvi, and Vani, Khushi Khanijau also carded 1-under 70 with three birdies against one bogey. Khushi was Tied-fourth.

Amandeep, who is tied fourth with Khushi had a great birdie run of four in five holes between sixth and 10th, but she still managed only 72 as she bogeyed five times, including three in the last six holes.

Amateur Sneha Singh carded another 73 and was Tied-sixth with Hitaashee Bakshi, who had four bogeys on the front nine and no birdies through the day. Sneha had three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.

Saaniya Sharma (77-71) and Seher Atwal (76-72) were Tied-eighth while Ridhima Dilawari (76-73) and Trimann Saluja (76-73) rounded off the Top-10.

With the players going off from both tees on the final day, the lead group of Gaurika, Jahanvi and Vani, who are separated by one shot, should be engaged in a tight battle, though Khushi Khanijau and the seasoned Amandeep Drall, who are five behind the co-leaders, can still put up a strong challenge.


In-form Amandeep starts favourite in 11th leg of Hero WPGT

Harpal Singh Bedi

Panchkula: In-form Amandeep Drall, is all set for an encore, having won at Chandigarh last week, the Kapurthala based golfer starts strong favourite in the 11th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Panchkula Golf Club. 

Amandeep , who has gained a lot of confidence with a string of events in Europe, was in excellent form in the 10th leg where she was a runaway winner and closed the week with a ladies course record 7-under 65 on the last day.

Two other players showing a lot of confidence on their return from the European sojourn are Vani Kapoor and Gaurika Bishnoi, who are also in the field.

The event this week carries a purse of Rs. 9 lakhs and Amandeep Drall and Vani Kapoor occupy the top two spots on the Hero Order of Merit.

Among the numerous youngsters who have impressed in the recent past are the Bakshi sisters, Jahanvi and Hitaashee, amateur Avani Prashanth and Lakhmehar Pardesi, who won her maiden title at the NOIDA leg.

Zara Anand, a young amateur, who rose through the ranks in the US Kids Golf events in the last few years, will also be hoping to turn in a performance worthy of notice.

Pranavi Urs, who excelled as an amateur on the Hero WPGT, and then won as a pro, too, will be hoping to find that magic once again as she has now recovered from her injury.


Amateur Avani shares three-way lead with  experienced Vani and Amandeep in 10th leg of Hero WPGT

Harpal Singh Bedi

Chandigarh: Amateur Avani Prashanth overcame a string of bogeys on the front nine to share a three-way lead with seasoned professionals Vani Kapoor and Amandeep Drall after two rounds of the 10th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Chandigarh Golf Club.

Amandeep Drall (68-74) had a tentative round with three bogeys on the front nine against just one birdie on the back, while Vani Kapoor (72-70) carded six birdies against an opening double bogey and two bogeys, including a late one on 17th, for a round of 2-under 70.

Vani, who has been trying to re-discover the form that made her a dominant force on the domestic circuit, had a terrific run through the second round. 

Despite a double-bogey on first, she quickly fought back with birdies on second and third and then added another birdie on seventh to turn in one-under. On the back nine, after a bogey on 10th, she reeled off three birdies in a row from 12th to 14th but dropped a shot on 17th.

Avani, who also opened with a bogey had four bogeys against three birdies in her card of 73.

With totals of 2-under 142 each, the three will go out together in the final group on the final day and it promises to be a tight battle, as Vani and Amandeep seek their first win in 2021 and Avani chases her second title this year.

Jahanvi Bakshi, who carded 71 in the first round, was 1-over 73 and was lying two shots adrift of the three leaders in sole fourth place. Her sister Hitaashee (75-73), was tied alongside amateur Puneet K Bajwa (72-76) in fifth place. Rhea P Saravanan (75-74) and Gaurika Bishnoi (75-74) were tied seventh at 149, while Pranavi Urs (75-75) and Seher Atwal (71-79) completed the Top-10.

The cut fell at 158 and among the prominent names missing from the final day draw were Afshan Fatima and Smriti Mehra.

A total of 22 players will play the final round in the Rs.10 lakh event.