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Tvesa Malik wins Usha DGC Ladies Open

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Tvesa Malik completed a fine start-to-finish victory despite dropping a double bogey and a bogey in the last three holes of the Usha Delhi Golf Club Ladies Open at the Delhi Golf Club. It also brought Tvesa her maiden title this season and will be a big boost for the young golfer.

With her closest contender Millie Saroha struggling to an 83, Tvesa managed to keep her nose ahead even as Amandeep Drall and Gauri Monga turned in 74 each on the final day. Tvesa totaled 227 while Amandeep was two shots behind and Gauri Monga one further down.

Mr. Milkha Singh, the Flying Sikh, who is known to play a round of golf every day despite being past 80 years of age, and Mr. Sidharth Shriram, Usha's Co-Chairman, and former PGA President, gave away the prizes at the closing ceremony at the Delhi Golf Club.

Tvesa who was in the lead from day one, had two birdies and two double bogeys besides four other bogeys, but her play on the first two days carried her through.

Amandeep Drall with two birdies, one on either side of the turn, and four bogeys, one on the front nine and three on the back nine, registered a 74 that helped her finish second. Gauri Monga, opening with birdies on the first two holes, also carded an even par on the front nine and two over on back nine for a 74 that saw her finish third. Millie Saroha (83) slipped to fourth after being second overnight.

Ghazala Yassmin topped the Category A&B for handicap 24 and below. The nine-handicapper, Ghazala was also first in the DLF Challenge (Nett) for handicap 14 and below with Amandeep Drall (handicap 5) second. Neetu Bansal (handicap 15) was first in the Category B Gross score (handicap 15 to 24) and Bunty Khanna (handicap 19) was first in Category B Nett Score (handicap 15 to 24). Arshia Mahant was first in the Usha Juniors (A&B) with handicap 24 and below.