MUMBAI: Seher Atwal overcame a double bogey on the back nine to maintain her dominance at the third leg of the Women's Pro Golf Tournament at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club on Thursday.
Seher, who shot a superb 5-under 65 on the first day, added one-under 69 to stay three shots clear of her nearest rivals -- amateur Avani Prashanth (70) and the experienced Amandeep Drall (71). Seher was six-under 134 for 36 holes while Avani and Amandeep were 3-under 137.
Hitaashee Bakshi added 71 to her first-round 66 and at 139 was fourth, while Rhea Purvi Sarvanan carded 4-under 66 to rise from overnight T-16 to T-5th at even par 140 with Vani Kapoor (68-72) and JahanviBakshi (66-74).
The tournament is also turning out to be a feast for hole-in-ones as amateur Nishna Patel became the third player to get an ace in the official rounds. She did so on the Par-3 13th, while Durga Nittur and Lakhmehar Pardesi had done so on the Par-3 10th on the first day. In the practice round, Ridhima Dilawari had also landed an ace.
Nishna Patel (72-69) moved into the Top-10 and was Tied-8th with fellow amateur NayanikaSanga (69-72) while KhushiKhanijau (70-72) was 10th.
PranaviUrs hurt her wrist and withdrew while Neha Tripathi, who was unwell on the first day also withdrew.
Among some well-known names, Ridhima (72-72) was T-12 and DikshaDagar (77-72) was 19th.
Seher, who is related to ace Arjun Atwal and spent four years on the college team at Rollins in the US, continued her solid play. She had two birdies against one bogey on the front nine. She got to 2-under with a birdie on 10th but was derailed with a double bogey on Par-4 12th. A birdie on Par-5 16th helped her stay under par for the day and she stays on course for her maiden professional title.
Amateur Avani Prashanth, seeking to join the list of amateurs to have won on the pro circuit, had a birdie on first and 18th and dropped two shots in between for 70. IANS
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