Teen star Jahanvi grabs fourth win of the year at 13th Leg of Hero WPGT
Hyderabad, Nov 26 (Golf News) Teen star Jahanvi Bakshi fetched her second consecutive and fourth overall title of the year as she rallied from a one-shot deficit to emerge triumphant in the 13th Leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour at the Boulder Hills Golf and Country Club here on Friday.
Seher Atwal, who shared the overnight lead with Amandeep Drall, needed a birdie on the 18th to get into a play-off with Jahanvi, but she managed only a par.
Meanwhile Vani Kapoor, playing alongside Jahanvi, had a chance to go join the latter, but she bogeyed the par-5 18th and fell one behind.
Jahanvi (69) totalled seven-under 209, while Seher (71) was six-under 210.
Vani Kapoor (70) and Amandeep Drall (72) were tied third on the final day.
Pranavi Urs shot 70 and was sole fifth, while Jahanvi's sister Hitaashee (73), who was level with her, was undone by two bogeys on the back nine. She ended sixth.
Jahanvi, who began the week with an even-par 72, had a 68 on the second day. In the final round, she birdied fifth and seventh, both of which were par-5s and turned in two-under.
On the back nine she dropped a shot on par-5 14th but made up on the next with a birdie on 15th. She parred the last three holes, including the 18th.
Saaniya Sharma (74) was sole seventh, while Asmitha Sathish (73) and Khushi Khanijau (77) were Tied-8th. Rhea P Saravanan (74) completed the Top-10.
Despite Jahanvi's fourth win of the year, Amandeep maintained her place at the top of the Hero Order of Merit, which is combined for 2020 and 2021.
Vani is lying second, while Jahanvi is third and Hitaashee is fourth. Seher is at fifth.
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Flawless Hitaashee sets course record as Amandeep, Seher lead 13th leg of Hero WPGT
Hyderabad, Nov 25 (Golf news) Hitaashee Bakshi shot one of the best rounds of the season with a ladies course record of seven-under 65 in the second round of the 13th Leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour at Boulder Hills Golf and Country Club here on Thursday.
The round also made up for the somewhat listless 75 she had scored on the first day.
While the sensational round of 65 took Hitaashee to tied third place, Amandeep Drall, the leader on the Hero Order of Merit, carded five-under 67 and moved to the top of the leaderboard.
Amandeep shared the lead with Seher Atwal (69) at five-under 139.
Hitaashee is sharing the third place with sister Jahanvi, who has held the spotlight this season with three wins. Jahanvi shot 68 and was four-under 140.
Saaniya Sharma (70) and Vani Kapoor (74), who sizzled on the back nine on the first day in her round of 67, were at three-under 141 in fifth place.
Pranavi Urs (71) shot a score similar to her first round effort to be two-under 142.
With seven players within three shots of each other, the final round promises to be a cliff-hanger.
Amandeep Drall was bogey free on the front nine with four birdies and added two more on back nine while giving away one bogey in her 67.
Seher opened with two birdies and closed with three in a row and in between dropped shots on seventh and 11th for her 69.
The toast of the day was Hitaashee, who after a lacklustre start to the week, was in stunning form.
She had three birdies on the front nine and four on the back nine as she closed birdie-birdie. She fed on the momentum as she had back-to-back birdies three times during the day.
Jahanvi was also bogey free like her sister but she had only two birdies on either side of the course, which yielded seven cards under the par on the second day.
With Amandeep, Seher and Hitaashee in the lead group and the next group ahead of them having Vani Kapoor, Saaniya Sharma and Jahanvi Bakshi, the stage is set for a tight finish.
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Vani lands 5 birdies on back nine to take 3-shot lead in 13th Leg of WPGT
Hyderabad, Nov 24 (Golf news) Vani Kapoor was in electric form on the back nine with five birdies over the last seven holes as she blazed to 5-under 67 and took a three-shot lead at the end of the first round of the 13th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here 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 at the Boulder Hills Golf & Country Club here.
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 who 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.
Playing steady, Vani navigated the front nine carefully and was all fire on the back nine.
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.
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Jahanvi displays steady golf for a big 5-shot win in 12th leg of Hero WPGT
Hyderabad, Nov 19 (Golf news) Jahanvi Bakshi gave ample indication of her potential by lifting the title with a superb round of 2-under 69 when most others seemed to be struggling on the final day of the 12th leg of the Hero WPGT at the Hyderabad Golf Club.
Jahanvi, who had won twice before, became the first to win three titles on the Hero WPGT this season. She killed all prospects of a close fight with some very good golf, even as others gave away early shots.
Jahanvi, who has had a great season with at least a top-5 finish in each of the past 11 legs barring one, once again finished right on top and it came in a commanding manner.
Shooting her third straight under par round, she carded 2-under 69, her best after rounds of 70-70 on first two days.
She finished with 4-under 209 and was five shots better than Vani Kapoor (73), who totalled 1-over 214.
Gaurika Bishnoi, who shared the second round lead with Jahanvi, crumbled in the final round with five bogeys and no birdies in a round of 76 that saw her drop to tied-3rd alongside Amandeep Drall (71).
Amateur Sneha Singh (74) was fifth, while Khushi Khanijau, who finished with four bogeys in a row, shot 76 and was sixth.
Hitaashee Bakshi (76) and Seher Atwal (74) were tied seventh, while Pranavi Urs (73) and Shweta Mansingh (74) completed the Top-10.
Jahanvi began with a birdie on second and then dropped only one shot on the fifth. She made up with a birdie on ninth and 15th and parred the rest for her 69 to display very steady and clean golf.
Vani Kapoor suffered a double bogey on the Par-5 sixth, had a birdie on the 15th and another bogey on 16th in her 73.
Amandeep had her best card of the week with 71 which had four birdies and four bogeys while Gaurika was off colour and shot 76.
Amandeep stays on top of the Hero Order of Merit which is combined for both 2020 and 2021.
Vani Kapoor is now second, while Jahanvi with three wins, all in 2021, is third. Her sister Hitaashee is fourth and Seher Atwal is fifth.
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Gaurika sizzles on front nine to join Jahanvi in lead in 12th leg of WPGT
Hyderabad, Nov 18 (Golf news) Gaurika Bishnoi played a brilliant front nine with four birdies and finished with a card of 3-under 68 to get into shared lead after two rounds in the 12th leg of the Hero WPGT here on Thursday.
Gaurika, whose last success came in June 2019, added 68 to her first round 72 and shared the lead with first round sole leader Jahanvi Bakshi, who shot 70 on the first day and repeated the effort on Thursday 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 at the Hyderabad Golf Club.
Gaurika had a long break during COVID-19 pandemic and has since played a few tournaments in Europe. She seems to be getting back her rhythm which made her a consistent star on the WPGT.
Jahanvi birdied fourth but gave away that gain on the next hole. A bogey on 13th meant she was over par, but birdies on 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.
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Amandeep looking to maintain strong form in 12th leg of Hero WPGT
Hyderabad, Nov 16 (Golf news) Her confidence on a high after winning the 10th leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour, Amandeep Drall, who had a fine season in Europe, would look to continue her fine form at the 12th event of the Tour to be played at the Hyderabad Golf Club here this week.
The tournament will carry a purse of Rs nine lakh.
Amandeep won the 10th leg at Chandigarh and was runner-up in the 11th leg at Panchkula. The event was won by amateur Avani Prashanth, who is not playing this week.
With many stars busy due to international engagements and the promising youngsters also skipping the event, Amandeep will face the big challenge from the seasoned Vani Kapoor, Gaurika Bishnoi and Ridhima Dilawari, besides the young Bakshi sisters -- Jahanvi and Hitaashee and also Pranavi Urs.
Among the amateurs who played for India at the Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific was Sneha Singh, who missed the cut in Dubai last week. She will be hoping to make up this week.
Among other past winners in this week's field are Pranavi, Lakhmehar Pardesi, Neha Tripathi and Seher Atwal.
The field includes four amateurs.
Amandeep leads the combined Hero Order of Merit for the truncated 2020 season and 2021.
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Varma finishes inside top-10 in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, Nov 13 (Golf news) Anika Varma on Saturday carded one-under 71 in the final round to become the first Indian to post a top-10 finish in the history of the Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) championship.
The 17-year-old Varma picked up three birdies against two bogeys in the final round to finish tied ninth in the premier regional tournament, which was won by Japan's Mizuko Hashimoto.
On Saturday at Abu Dhabi Golf Club's National course, the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) No.483 once again struggled with her putting, but she fought hard for a fourth consecutive sub-par round.
Her 10-under par 278 was six adrift of champion Hashimoto (16-under-par 272).
Thai duo of Kan Bunnabodee (66) and overnight leader Natthakritta Vongtaveelap (72), along with Australia's Kelsey Bennett (68), were tied second at 15-under-par 273.
Among other Indian players, Natalii Gupta (70), who is Dubai born and nominated for the tournament by the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF), finished tied 13th place at six-under par.
Bengaluru's Avani Prashanth improved her first three day's scores of 71 with a two-under par 70 to finish on five-under par 283 and in tied 16th place.
Sifat Sagoo (70) and Kriti Chowhan (69) were tied 25th and 34th respectively at three-under 285 and even-par 288 respectively.
A late bogey on the 17th hole saw Varma slip a bit and she could not repair the damage on the par-5 18th, where she had a birdie putt from eight feet.
"My week's been filled with a lot of ups and downs. Some really good and amazing holes and some not so great. One of the highlights is that I only made three bogeys this week, which is pretty good," said the Sacramento, US-based player.
"It is really nice to make a top-10 finish. But the only way is going up from here. So, hopefully, it gets closer and closer to winning a tournament." Varma was most pleased with how she approached the game.
"It has been so good this week. I want to carry it on for my next few tournaments and keep the momentum going.
"If I can finish in the top-10 in such a big tournament, it means I do know how to play golf, I am pretty good at it, and I just need to trust myself while playing." In the inaugural WAAP in Singapore in 2018, none of the six Indian players could make it to the weekend, while three players advanced in Japan the year after.
Seher Atwal was the best placed at tied 28th. In comparison, five players made the cut this year, including Natalii Gupta, who was nominated by the hosts Emirates Golf Federation (EGF).
It was a wonderful finish for Gupta.
The 17-year-old, born and brought up in the UAE, said: "I had a blast this week. It was so much fun. I’m thankful to be here. Thankful to be given the opportunity to play this week. It was not the best finish today, but I had fun.
"I’ve never played an event that’s this important and of this class. And it was pretty good to see the standards. But I thought I hit my goal this week." Prashanth, just 15 and winner of two Hero Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI) Tour events this season, said: "I really enjoyed my round of 70 today, just because I was getting tired of shooting 71s! "I am happy to finish inside the top-20 in my first WAAP, but it should have been better as I made so many birdies this week. I need to make less mistakes." Hashimoto, who made an eagle two on the par-4 third hole, continued an outstanding year for Japan golf.
In April this year, Tsubasa Kajitani and Hideki Matsuyama were winners in back-to-back weeks in Augusta National Women’s Amateur and The Masters, and a similar story unfolded in the UAE with Keita Nakajima winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship down the road in Dubai last week.
Apart from the trophy, the 19-year-old Hashimoto also secured guaranteed starts next year in AIG Women's British Open, The Amundi Evian Championship (both majors), as well as the Hana Financial Group Championship and an invitation to play in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
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Amateur Avani wins second title of Hero WPGT season
Panchkula, Oct 22 (Golf news) Amateur Avani Prashanth won her second title of the season as she held off the seasoned Amandeep Drall by a shot to win the 11th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Friday.
Avani and Amandeep played even par rounds, which helped the former stay ahead to emerge victor at the Panchkula Golf Club.
Avani totalled 2-under 214, while Amandeep aggregated 1-under 215.
Three players, Pranavi Urs (76), Jahanvi Bakshi (73) and Vani Kapoor (73) were tied for third place at 4-over 219. Seher Atwal (75) was sixth at 221 and Rhea Jha (73) was seventh.
Saaniya Sharma, amateur Kriti Chowhan and Hitaashee Bakshi occupied the eighth to 10th places.
Avani, who is playing both the WPGT circuit and the amateur Tours, won the third leg in Mumbai and was also runner-up at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram in the eighth leg and was again second in the 10th leg last week in Chandigarh.
Avani’s 66 in the second round, as also that of Saaniya Sharma, were confirmed as the Ladies scoring record at the Panchkula Golf Club.
Starting the final day one shot behind Avani, the experienced Amandeep bridged that narrow gap with a birdie on the second hole. However, a dropped shot on par-5 fifth gave the lead back to Avani, who parred the first six holes.
Avani landed her first birdie on the seventh but gave away that gain on the next hole. So, when the players reached the turn, Avani was still one ahead.
The others were way behind, and the contest was now between Avani and Amandeep.
On the back nine, while Avani birdied 11th and 12th, Amandeep birdied 11th and bogeyed 12th. That meant Avani was now three shots clear.
There was another twist as Avani dropped shots on par-3 13th and par-4 15th, while Amandeep birdied 15th to pull level with the young amateur.
With two holes left, it was now about holding nerves. Amandeep bogeyed the 17th, while Avani parred the 17th and 18th and won the title.
Amandeep continues to lead the Hero Order of Merit, while Vani Kapoor remains second.
Amandeep has now won Rs 15,01,900, while Vani has amassed Rs 13,00,500 and Jahanvi became the third player to cross the Rs 10 lakh mark as she has earned Rs 10,67,733.
Hitaashee, Seher and Saaniya are fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
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Amateur Avani moves ahead of Amandeep, Pranavi in 11th leg of WPGT
Panchkula, Oct 21 (Golf news) Amateur Avani Prashanth once again underlined her massive potential with a superb six-under 66 that catapulted her to the top of the leader board in the second round of 11th leg of the Hero WPGT here on Thursday.
Avani, who shot 76 in the first round made a 10-shot improvement as she had four birdies on the front nine beginning with one on the first hole and three in a row from fifth to seventh.
She had two more on 10th and 15th and no bogeys. The highlight was that she picked birdies on three of the four Par-5s as she is now 2-under 142 and one shot ahead of Amandeep Drall and Pranavi Urs.
Despite being an amateur Avani, straddling between the WPGT circuit and the amateur Tours, has been having a great season. She won the third leg in Mumbai and has since finished runner-up at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram in the eighth leg and was again second in the 10th leg last week in Chandigarh.
Amandeep, the winner last week and second after the first day, stayed there with a second round of 73 that included a double bogey on Par-4 10th. She had three bogeys against four birdies but at 1-under 143 she is breathing down Avani's neck.
Pranavi Urs, a four-time winner on the WPGT, slipped to 2 over 74 as she had three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey on the Par-5 seventh.
Saaniya Sharma had the biggest swing in scores from first to second day as she followed up her first round 79 with a second round 66, which was flawless and equal to leader Avani’s card. Saaniya, however, had an eagle on the Par-5 third and four other birdies without dropping any shots.
Vani Kapoor (71), Jahanvi Bakshi (72) and Seher Atwal (75) were tied for fifth at 2-over 146, while Rhea Jha (73), Lakhmehar Pardesi (79) and Gaurika Bishnoi (76) were occupying places eighth to 10th.
With just one shot separating the top three, a keen battle is assured in the leading group, but right behind them are Saaniya, Vani and Jahanvi.
The cut fell at 15-over 159 and 18 players who made the cut will figure in the final round.
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Pranavi Urs takes one-shot lead over Amandeep in 11th leg of Hero WPGT
Panchkula, Oct 20 (Golf news) Young golfer Pranavi Urs grabbed the first round lead in the 11th leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour after carding a three-under 69 in the opening round here on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old, who has tasted success twice as an amateur and then two more times as a professional on the Tour, took a one-shot lead over Amandeep Drall.
Pranavi, who won once earlier this year, had four birdies against one bogey, while Amandeep, winner last week, had a bogey each in the first and 10th holes against four birdies, three of which came on the back nine.
Seher Atwal had two birdies in the last three holes in her card of one-under 71. She had one bogey on par-5 15th and then birdies on 16th and 17th.
Lakhmehar Pardesi (73) was fourth, while amateur Kriti Chowhan and Jahanvi Bakshi shot 74 each.
Vani Kapoor (75) was sixth. Amateur Avani Prashanth and Rhea Jha carded 76 each, while five players shot 77 each in tied 10th place and they were Hitaashee Bakshi, amateur Puneet K Bajwa, Rhea Saravanan, Gauri Karhade and Ishvari Prasanna.
Pranavi, who also went to Europe for a couple of starts to test her game, seemed to have found her rhythm early.
She birdied the second and fifth holes but dropped a shot on seventh. Birdies on 11th and 15th added to her performance as she closed with 69, the only sub-70 round of the day.
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Amateur Avani tied with seasoned Vani and Amandeep in 10th leg of Hero WPGT
Chandigarh, Oct 14 (Golf news) Amateur Avani Prashanth overcame a string of bogeys on the front-nine to stay in touch with seasoned professionals Vani Kapoor and Amandeep Drall and share the lead after two rounds of the 10th leg of the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour here.
Amandeep Drall (68-74) had an off day with three bogeys on the front-nine against just one birdie on the back, while Vani Kapoor (72-70) showed form and rhythm of the old with 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, was in 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 had four bogeys against three birdies in her card of 73.
With totals of two-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 one-over 73 and 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.
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Amandeep lives up to expectations as she leads 10th leg of Hero WPGT
Chandigarh, Oct 13 (Golf news) Amandeep Drall lived up to her top billing with a flawless 4-under 68 that put her on top of the leaderboard at the end of the first round in the 10th leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour here on Wednesday.
After day one at the Chandigarh Golf Club, Amandeep was one shot ahead of the highly rated amateur Avani Prashanth (69), who had four birdies against one bogey.
Kapurthala golfer Amandeep leads the combined Hero Order of Merit for 2020-21 despite missing out on the last few legs of the Tour because of busy schedule in Europe.
Both Amandeep and Avani had a bogey-free 3-under 33 each on the back nine. They also had a birdie each on the front nine, but Avani also dropped a shot on the ninth, while Amandeep stayed error-free.
Avani was the winner of the third leg and runner-up in the seventh leg in 2021. Amandeep is yet to taste a win in 2021, though she had two in 2020. She was runner-up to Avani in the third leg, so she has a score to settle with the youngster.
Seher Atwal and Jahanvi Bakshi also carded under par rounds of 1-under 71 each to be Tied-third. Seher and Jahanvi had contrasting rounds producing similar scores.
Seher had two birdies on front nine, while Jahanvi had two bogeys. However on the back nine, Seher had two birdies against three bogeys, while Jahanvi had three birdies and no bogeys.
Vani Kapoor, with three birdies between ninth and 13th against three bogeys, two of them in the last three holes, shot 72.
Amateur Puneet K Bajwa, who landed the day’s only eagle on the Par-3 16th, also had a 72 with an eventful run from 13th to 17th, where she had no pars, but three bogeys with a birdie and an eagle in between.
Gaurika Bishnoi started with a birdie on second but form deserted here thereafter. She had four bogeys in a space of five holes between fifth and ninth and on the back nine she had two each of birdies and bogeys.
Pranavi Urs, Rhea Saravanan and Hitaashee Bakshi were also Tied-seventh with Gaurika at 3-over 75.
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In-form Amandeep leads strong field in 10th leg of Hero WPGT
Chandigarh, Oct 12 (Golf news) Amandeep Drall leads a strong field of Indians who are fresh from their European sojourn as they tee off in the 10th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Chandigarh Golf Club here on Wednesday.
Amandeep, who has had a good season on the Ladies European Tour Access Series with a few Top-10 finishes, will be joined by Vani Kapoor, who had a modest season.
Gaurika Bishnoi had some very good finishes too, while Pranavi Urs and rookie Durga Nittur are also back after playing in Europe.
Amandeep, a Kapurthala golfer who has played a lot in Chandigarh, is coming off a fine streak that included three Top-10 finishes in her last four starts on the LET Access Series.
She is 12th on the LET Access Series money list, while Gaurika was sixth in an LET Access Series event. The experience will stand them in good stead here at the par-72 layout.
Experienced players like Smriti Mehra, Neha Tripathi, Saaniya Sharma, Seher Atwal and Afshan Fatima will also be in the field. The youngsters led by the Bakshi sisters -- Hitaashee and Jahanvi Bakshi -- and amateur Avani Prashanth will add to the strength of the field.
Lakhmehar Pardesi, who won her maiden title in the last leg at Noida Golf Course, will be hoping to carry on the fine form, especially in Chandigarh, where she is familiar with the course.
A total of 34 players, including six amateurs, will play in the Rs 10 lakh event as the season approaches the closing stages.
Amandeep is still leading the Hero Order of Merit, followed by Vani Kapoor, while Jahanvi and Hitaashee Bakshi are in third and fourth places respectively. Seher Atwal is lying fifth.
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Jahanvi joins Lakhmehar in lead after two rounds
Noida, Sep 16 (Golf news) Jahanvi Bakshi did not have the best card of the day but it was good enough to give her a share of the lead with Lakhmehar Pardesi in the ninth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Thursday.
On a day when rains and heavy ground conditions made scoring difficult once again, Seher Atwal and amateur Sneha Singh carded creditworthy rounds of 2-over 74 each.
Jahanvi Bakshi, who had 78 on the first day, shot 3-over 75 on the second to get to 9-over 153, the same as Lakhmehar (75-78), who had a tough day. Seher Atwal (80-74) was tied third alongside Hitaashee Bakshi (79-75) at 10-over 154.
Though the scores have been high due to tough and wet conditions, which included a long rain stop this morning, the close tussle will make it a battle of nerves.
As many as six players are within two shots and they include the winners of the last two legs of the Hero WPG Tour.
Amateur Sneha Singh (81-74) improved by seven shots in her second round to get to 11-over 155 and she trailed the twin leaders by two shots. Sneha (81-74) was Tied-fifth with Trimann Saluja (77-78) and Shweta Mansingh was seventh (80-77).
Four players including Saaniya Sharma, Siddhi Kapoor and two amateurs Avani Prashanth and Nishna Patel are tied for eighth place.
The top 18 pros and five amateurs made the cut which fell at 165. Some well-known names missing out included Suchitra Ramesh, Gauri Karhade, Mehar Atwal and amateur Vidhatri Urs.
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Amateurs in spotlight as Avani leads in first round of 8th leg of Hero WPGT
Gurugram, (Golf news): Amateurs Avani Prashanth, Vidhatri Urs and Sneha Singh grabbed the spotlight as they occupied three of the top six places at the end of first round of the eighth leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Wednesday.
While Avani won the third leg of the ongoing season in Mumbai, Sneha had won the 11th leg in 2019 in Hyderabad.
In the opening round of the eighth leg at the Golden Greens Golf Club, Avani shot 1-under 71 to take a one-shot lead over Saaniya Sharma (72).
Four players, including amateurs Vidhatri and Sneha, besides last week’s winner Jahanvi Bakshi and Afshan Fatima were Tied-3rd with rounds of 73 each.
Three players -- Seher Atwal, Lakhmehar Pardesi and Siddhi Kapoor -- shot 74 each while three others, including amateurs Khushi Hooda and Nishna and pro Rhea Saravanan, carded 75 each.
Avani, with back-to-back birdies on Par-3 fourth and Par-5 fifth, went 2-under and was placed as such till she came to the 14th.
She hit a roadblock and double bogeyed the hole. Despite that, she fought back with birdies on 15th and 17th with a bogey in between on 16th to be the only player to finish under par.
Saaniya Sharma had three birdies and three bogeys for her 72 and was lying second.
Amateur Vidhatri had a steady front nine with one birdie and no bogeys and turned in 1-under. On the back nine, she had two birdies, three pars and four bogeys to finish the day on 73.
Another amateur, Sneha Singh landed the only eagle of the day when she holed her third shot on Par-5 fifth. She had two more birdies on back nine. She also had three bogeys and a double bogey on Par-4 14th for her 73.
Jahanvi Bakshi, playing three groups behind Avani, had two birdies and a bogey in the first 16 holes. She seemed to be in a position to get a share of the lead with Avani who had finished earlier.
However, Jahanvi double bogeyed late in the day on Par-4 17th and carded 73.
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Gaurika Bishnoi leads field as Hero WPGT resumes with 7th leg at DLF
Gurugram, Aug 31 (Golf news) Gaurika Bishnoi, who will soon travel to Europe to play events on the Ladies European Tour, will look to get some valuable tournament practice as she tees up at the seventh leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour here on Wednesday.
The Gurugram-based Gaurika, who turned 23 earlier in August, was not at her best when the first segment of the Tour was held between January to March this year before the pandemic forced a halt.
However, Gaurika has good memories of the DLF Golf and Country Club, where she has had two wins, one each in 2018 and 2019. Her last win on the Hero WPGT came in 2019 in the seventh leg at Clover Greens in Hosur, Tamil Nadu.
Gaurika will have to contend with the Bakshi sisters, Jahanvi and Hitaashee, who have shown a lot of promise in the last couple of seasons, as also experienced Neha Tripathi and Seher Atwal, one of two Atwal sisters in the field.
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Both Jahanvi and Hitaashee have wins to their name and have expressed an ambition to get to the Ladies European Tour in the future.
Of the amateurs, Avani Prashanth has showed a lot of promise for the future and could be the one to watch out for. Even while being an amateur, she has a win on the pro circuit to her name.
The Hero Order of Merit has been combined for the 2021 season alongwith the truncated 2020 season.
Amandeep Drall leads the Merit list, but will be missing this week as she is playing in Europe. Vani Kapoor and Ridhima Dilawari, who are also competing in Europe, will not be playing this event.
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Ridhima cards 67 to open up six-shot lead in first leg of Hero WPGT
Bengaluru, Jan 14 (PTI) Ridhima Dilawari played some stunning golf over the last 10 holes to card five-under 67 and open up a massive six-shot lead after the second round of the first leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour here on Thursday.
Ridhima is six-under 138 for 36 holes, while her nearest rival, local Bengalurean Pranavi Urs (71) moved into second place at even par 144.
Vani Kapoor, third in the first round, stayed there despite a two-over 74 while Amandeep Drall had a rare off-day with a 78 that included a crippling quadruple bogey on Par-4 seventh hole.
Amandeep shared the fourth place with Seher Atwal (75) and Ananya Datar (76).
Hitaashee Bakshi (75-75) was seventh, while her sister Jahnavi Bakshi (79-72), Asmitha Sathish (80-71), Khushi Khanijau (75-76) and a trio of amateurs, Disha Kavery (76-75), Hunar Mittal (76-75) and Vidhatri Urs (74-77) were all tied for eighth at 151.
The story of the day was Ridhima, winner of five events in 2019 and one in 2020.
Ridhima said she had been working on various aspects of her game during the break between the last season and the new one, and also during the coronavirus-enforced hiatus.
Following up on her first round 71, she added a 67 with six birdies and just one bogey in the round.
While her first round commenced with a double bogey, the second round had a bogey on the second hole but after that she did not put a foot wrong. She parred six holes in a row from third to eighth before her first birdie of the day on the ninth. She turned in even par.
On the back nine, Ridhima was on fire with birdies on 10th and 13th and then closed the round with three birdies in a row from 16th to the 18th.
Pranavi, who in 2020 won consecutive events with different status -- first as an amateur then as a pro at the very next event -- had three birdies against back-to-back bogeys on 14th and 15th.
Vani had just one birdie and dropped bogeys on second, fourth and 10th for her 73.
Amandeep had highly contrasting first and second rounds. After a steady 71 on the first day, she carded a 78 largely because of one disastrous hole at the Par-4 seventh where she had an eight. She had three other bogeys and just one birdie for the day.
Unless there is a drastic reversal of form, Ridhima should cruise to a win in the first leg, while Pranavi, hoping for a fast start, will seek to get closer to the leader.