Smriti reigns supreme in Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2015 – Leg 7
Pune 5th March 2015(N4C Sports)- Overnight leader Smriti Mehra played a cautious round of 1 over 72 on the final day to win the seventh leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour. This is Smriti’s second win in as many weeks.
Trailing by a huge margin of seven strokes were Delhi’s Vani Kapoor, Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma and Kolkata golfer Neha Tripathi who were tied second with identical scores of 222. The INR 5,00,000 event culminated today at the Poona Club Golf Course.
Veteran golfer Smriti Mehra started impressively, with three birdies on the 3rd, 4th and 7th holes along with a lone bogey on the 8th hole in her front nine. Her scratchy back nine included a double bogey on the 10th hole, a birdie on the 11th hole and two consecutive bogies on the 16th and 17th holes. Thanks to the overnight four stoke advantage and an impressive front nine on a difficult day, Smriti steered clear of anxious moments to win her second title of the season with a total score of 215.
Hero Order of Merit leader Vani Kapoor played a bogey-free front nine with a birdie on the 1st hole. However, her ordinary back nine included bogies on the 13th and 16th holes along with a double bogey on the 14th hole. Her lone birdie on the 15th hole came to her rescue and she finished with a score of 2 over 73 on the final day. Saaniya Sharma had an indifferent start, dropping shots on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th holes followed by a lone birdie on the 7th hole. Thereafter, she played with much more confidence, carding just one more bogey on the 15th hole along with a birdie on the 18th hole to finish her day with a score of 3 over 74. Neha Tripathi played a birdie-less round of 4 over 75 on the final day, carding bogies on the 3rd, 6th, 12th and 17th holes.
Hero MotoCorp sponsored Bengaluru golfer Sharmila Nicollet had a bad day in office, playing a card of 5 over 76 on the final day. Sharmila dropped shots on the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th holes, but made a strong comeback, firingthree birdies on the 7th, 9th and 12th holes. However, two double bogies on the final two holes marred her chances of a podium finish. Sharmila finished in tied fifth position along with Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall and English golfer Kiran Matharu, with identical totals of 224 after 54 holes. Amandeep’s final round of 1 over 72 included two birdies on the 6th and 16th holes, a bogey on the 11th hole and a double bogey on the 7th hole. Kiran Matharu’s final round of 3 over 74 included two birdies on the 3rd and 7th holesalong with three bogies on the 1st, 2nd and 16th holes, and also a double bogey on the 18th hole. Local girl Shweta Galande and Delhi’s Ankita Tiwana were tied eighth with identical scores of 225 after the final round.
The Tour now moves to Classic Golf & Country Club, Gurgaon for its eighth leg to be played from 11th to 13th March.