Lakhmehar emerges sole leader, as fancied players struggle in first round of 9th leg of Hero WPGT
Noida, September 15, 2021
Unheralded Lakhmehar Pardesi carded 75 but still led by two shots as the fancied players struggled in the first round of the ninth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Noida Golf Course on Wednesday.
Lakhmehar Pardesi, a 21-year-old from Chandigarh, who has never won on the Tour, held the lead outright for the first time. She led despite having no birdies and three bogeys.
Trimann Saluja, 19, who turned pro last year, was lying second after a round that resembled a roller-coaster. She had three birdies, four bogeys, and two double bogeys for a 5-over 77.
Fancied players -- Jahanvi Bakshi, amateurs Avani Prashanth and Sneha Singh -- were all left struggling. Besides Jahanvi and Avani, two others Siddhi Kapoor and Ananya Datar, shot 78 for a tied third place, while Hitaashee Bakshi and Anousha Tripathi carded 79 each.
Six players were tied for 10th at 8-over 80, while last week’s winner, Sneha Singh shot 9-over 81.
The course played rather difficult and scoring was not easy. Birdies were few and many players did not have a single one.