Vani Kapoor keeps slender lead with Neha Tripathi, Saaniya close on her heels

Vastavam web: Vani Kapoor held on to a slender lead despite a fine under-par card from Neha Tripathi in the second round of the inaugural event of the 2018 Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here today.Four-time winner in six starts in the last season, Vani leads the field at five-over 149 and is one shot clear of Neha Tripathi (71) and Saaniya Sharma (73), who are at six-over 150. Close on their heels is Smriti Mehra (75) in sole fourth.Smriti will go in the second to last group with Gursimar Badwal and Tvesa Malik.

Vani, who started with a two-shot lead over the field, carded three-over 75 after starting and finishing with a bogey on first and 18th. In between, Vani had two other bogeys on fourth and sixth and just one birdie through the day par-3 16th.Saaniya Sharma (73) also made significant gains on the second day with a card that showed three bogeys and two birdies, both of which came over the last three holes.

Smriti Mehra, tied second overnight, shot 75 and slipped to fourth, while Tvesa Malik (75) and Gursimar Badwal (77) are tied fifth at 9-over 153.Afshan Fatima (74) and Amandeep Drall (76), who shot in the 80s on the first day, are now Tied-seventh at 12-over 156, while Suchitra Ramesh (81) is now 14-over and sole ninth.