Amateurs hold sway as Avani leads in the first round of 8th leg of Hero WPGT
Gurugram, September 8, 2021
Amateurs held sway as Avani Prashanth, Vidhatri Urs and Sneha Singh occupied three of the top six places at the end of the first round of the eighth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour (WPGT) at the Golden Greens Golf Club here on Wednesday.
Avani had won the third leg of the ongoing season in Mumbai, Sneha was the winner of the 11th leg in 2019 in Hyderabad.
The first-round leader shot 1-under 71 to take a one-shot lead over Saaniya Sharma (72).
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.
Shaniya Sharma had three birdies and an equal number of bogeys for her 72 and was lying second.
Pre-tournament favourite 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, she double-bogeyed late in the day on Par-4 17th and carded 73.
Three other players, including Vidhatri and Sneha, and Afshan Fatima were Tied-3rd with rounds of 73 each.
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.
Vidhatri had a steady front nine with one birdie and no bogeys and turned in one-under. On the back nine, she had two birdies, three pars, and four bogeys to finish the day on 73.
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.