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Shweta on top
Donald Banerjee

Shweta in action during the 15th Realtech Punjab Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Shweta in action during the 15th Realtech Punjab Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, October 23
Seventeen-year-old Shweta Galande of Delhi shot a three-over par 75 to take a slender lead on the opening day of the 15th Realtech Punjab Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship, which was teed off by Golf Club president R.S Sandhu on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club, here today.

Tied for the second spot, one stroke behind were Amritsar teenager Akriti Singh and defending champion Sharmila Nicolette of Bangalore, who played identical four-over cards.

Shweta started on a good note firing birdies on the fourth and fifth. But then began a string of bogeys, including a double bogey on the eighth, for a three-over score in the front nine. She played a par return nine with a birdie on the 14th and a bogey on the 17th for a three over par 75.

Akriti, also 17, bogeyed four times for a four over par 76 card. Sharmila had a bad first nine as she bogeyed five times for a five-over. But she made amends in the return nine, sinking birdies on the 13th and 17th. She interspersed it with a bogey on the 15th for a four over par 76 score.

The Amritsar girl, who plays with a handicap of 10, was the leader in the Silver Salver nett score (66). She was also the leader in the nett division of the junior shield (u-18). But Shweta was the gross leader in both these divisions.

In the u-14 sub-junior shield, Mehar Atwal led with a gross score of 78. Three strokes behind her was Gurbani Singh.

Dalbir Sahi was the leader in both the gross and nett in the super senior challenge. In the senior challenge also, Dalbir Sahi was the nett leader. Binny Bath with an 11 over par 93 card led the senior challenge gross score.



Cycle Polo: IAF win 11-10
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
The Indian Air Force team shocked defending champions Kerala in the Federation Cup Cycle Polo Championship, which began at the Police Lines ground in Sector 26, here, today.

The victory was made possible by Ashruddin, who scored the highest with eight goals. Sagar (2) and Jatinder (1) were the other scorers for the airmen, who beat Kerala by a margin of one goal (11-10).

For Kerala, R.C. Prashant netted eight goals in the opening Group A encounter. R.R. Shabir got two goals for Kerala in another match that kept the spectators on the tips of their chairs.

Another exciting match was played between runners-up Uttar Pradesh and Vidarbha in Group B, where UP beat Vidarbha 7-6. Midway through the fourth chakkar, the teams were evenly matched. However, Manoj Yadav clinched the victory for UP by scoring the fourth goal. Vidarbha went all out and tried their best to neutralise the lead, but in vain.

Ravi Sekhrw (3), Pramod Tiwari (3) and Manoj Yadv (1) were the winning scorers. For Vidarbha, Mani Shukla and Aditya Maurya scored three goals each.

Uttar Pradesh and Vidarbha had mixed fortunes. Territorial Army defeated Uttar Pradesh by 13-6 while Vidarbha beat hosts Chandigarh by 9-5.



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