Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi and Delhi’s Ankita Tiwana led the field on the first day of the ninth leg of Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour, being held in Bangalore, on Wednesday.
Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma finished the day at 10th with a score of six-over 78. The city golfer sank nine bogeys against three birdies.
Both Ankita and Neha finished the first round with an identical score of even par 72, which was also the best score of the day. Neha’s front nine was a mixed bag. She began with a bogey on the first hole, but quickly steadied herself with a birdie on the second. The pattern was repeated, with another bogey on the fourth and a birdie on the sixth. She played the back nine more cautiously, with just a bogey and a birdie on the 14th and 16th holes, respectively.
Ankita, too, had a good day at the office, carding a total of three bogeys on the first, 10th and 15th holes and three birdies on the 14th, 17th and 18th holes.
None of the golfers could card an under-par score in the day.
Delhi’s amateur player Mehar Atwal once again proved her mettle as she finished third after the first round with a score of two over 74, with four bogeys on the eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th holes, and two birdies on the 16th and 18th holes.
Pune’s Shweta Galande and Kapurthala golfer Gursimar Badwal were tied at the fourth place with identical scores of three-over 75.
Gursimar carded a total of four bogeys on the fourth, seventh, 12th and 18th holes, and had just one birdie on the 11th.
Shweta made several unforced errors through the round with four bogeys on the fifth, sixth, seventh and 18th holes and a double bogey on the second hole. She carded a total of three birdies on the 10th, 12th and 17th holes.
Delhi amateur Millie Saroha was placed sixth with a score of four-over 76 after 18 holes. Her birdieless round comprised four bogeys on the first, fifth, seventh and 11th holes.
Current order of merit leader and Delhi golfer Vani Kapoor was off colour and finished tied seventh with local girls and amateurs -- Anisha Padukone and Ankita Kedlaya -- with identical scores of five over 77.