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Diksha Dagar opens up 2-stroke lead at Usha DGC Ladies Open

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Promising golfer Diksha Dagar carded four-over-76 to take the top spot in Category A after the second round of the 7th Usha DGC Ladies Open amateur championship at the Delhi Golf Club here on Wednesday.

Diksha, who started the day on top along with Arshia Mahant and Sifat Sagoo, carded a 76 in the second round to take her total to 150, two strokes ahead of Sifat, who scored 78.

The third joint overnight leader, Arshia, had an indifferent second round as she fell to joint third with a card of 80 (154) with Anika Verma, who added a 79 to her overnight 75.

Diksha had four bogeys and a birdie in the first nine and then returned with another bogey to end with a four-over card for the day. But that was enough as Sifat had six bogeys and no birdies to end at six-over for the day.

Arshia had seven bogeys and one double-bogey which neutralised her one birdie. Ankita, on the other hand had five bogeys going out, a total of seven, recovered with a total of three birdies to end three-over.

Diksha also lifted the Usha gold trophy in Category A (-14 handicap and under) with a best gross score of 150, ahead of Sifat (152).

Purnisha Gangarappa (-9) stayed on top of the best net scores for the DLF Challenge Cup. She had nets of 71 apiece for two days to give her a total of 142, one ahead of Yavnika Duhan (-14).

Diksha, Sifat, Anika and Arshia also stayed ahead of the pack in the Usha Junior girls trophy (under-18). Purnisha and Yavnika were ahead in the net race here as well.