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Vani Kapoor leads by 1 on Opening Day at Noida Golf Club

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Vani Kapoor carded a one over 73 to take the lead on day one in the 17th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Noida Golf Club here on Wednesday. Trailing her second position is Vaishavi Sinha with a score of two over 74. The INR 6,00,000 event will culminate on Friday.

Delhi’s Vani Kapoor had a unusual start carding a birdie less front nine, with a double bogey on the 8th hole. She dropped a shot on the 12th hole in her back nine, but a eagle on the 17th helped her to control the damage and take the lead on day one. Local girl Vaishavi Sinha had a shaky start carding a double bogey on the 2nd hole. She went on to drop shots on the 5th and 8th holes and a birdie on the 6th in her front nine. She got better as the day progressed and played a bogey free back nine, carding a birdie on the 14th hole to take the second position with a score of two over 74 after the first days play.

Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma carded a birdie on the 3rd hole, while dropping shots on the 1st, 5th and 7th in her front nine. She dropped shots on the 11th and 12th holes, with her lone birdie on the 16th in her back nine to finish the round in the third spot with a score of three over 75.

Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall and Kolkata’s Smriti Mehra were tied fourth with identical scores of four over 76. Amandeep would have hoped for a better start carding four continuous bogeys on the 2nd,3rd,4th and 5th holes, she went on to add two birdies on the 8th and 9th in her front nine. She carded a birdie on the 17th hole with a bogey on the 12th and a double bogey on the 10th. Smriti’s card on the day saw a birdie less front nine carding bogeys on the 1st,4th,6th and 7th holes.In her back nine she carded a bogey on the 11th hole with a double on the 17th. However, with birdies on the 13th,14th and 18th holes she was able to control the damage and finish the first round with a score of four over 76.

Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi and Siddhi Kapoor are tied sixth along with Jaipur’s Afshan Fatima with identical scores of five over 77.