Vastavam web: Gaurika Bishnoi opened up a two-shot lead despite finishing the first round with a bogey in the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here, Wednesday. Gaurika, who is looking for her first win this season, had finished runner-up in the fourth leg and was placed third in the third leg. Smriti Mehra, Siddhi Kapoor and Gursimar Badwal are all tied for second at two-over 74, while rookie Ananya Datar and experienced Neha Tripathi are Tied-fifth with three-over 75 each.
Smriti had one birdie on Par-3 second and after that she dropped shots on seventh, 11th and 14th for a 74, while Siddhi’s sole birdie of the day came on Par-4 seventh, the only player to birdie the hole. She had three other bogeys. Also on 74 was Gursimar, winner of the second leg. She was three-over for the front nine, before she picked up her first birdie on the Par-5 14th, which afforded the maximum birdies on the day. She bogeyed 16th and birdied 17th to finish at 74.
Ridhima Dilawari, who won the fourth leg, had an unimpressive three-over 39 on the back nine and carded four-over 76 to be seventh, while Khushi Khanijau with four bogeys in last four holes shot 77 to be eighth.