Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 12
Tvesa Malik shot an even-par 72 to on a day when strong winds took a toll on most of the golfers at the Prestige Golfshire in Bengaluru to take the first-round lead in the 8th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour on Wednesday.
Tvesa, who won the third leg of the Tour, was the only one to achieve a par card, while all others went over on the opening day.
The Gurugram golfer led Millie Saroha by one shot, while Ridhima Dilawari — one of the two players to have won more than once this season — was third with a round of 74.
Khushi Khanijau was lying fourth with 75, and last week’s winner Gaurika Bishnoi was fifth after she encountered a rough back nine.
Astha Madan and amateur Sneha Sharan were tied sixth at 68 each while another amateur Asmitha Sathish shot a 79 claim the eighth spot.
Kapurthala’s Gursimar Badwal, Ananya Datar, Neha Tripathi and Siddhi Kapoor shared the 10th spot with an identical card of 80 each.
Tvesa opened with a bogey and went 2-over with another bogey on the fourth. She recovered with birdies on the fifth, 10th, 13th and the 14th, but dropped bogeys on the 11th and 15th for a card of 72.
Milliie had three bogeys in her first 15 holes, but fought back with birdies on the 16th and 18th. In contrast Ridhima opened with birdies on the second and third, but thereafter dropped shots on the sixth, seventh, 14th and 15th to finish at 2-over 74.
Khushi had the most eventful round with five birdies and eight bogeys for 75.
Panchkula’s Amadeep Drall had a disastrous start as she finished with a card of 82 and was tied 19th at the end of the opening round.
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