GURUGRAM: Amateur prodigy Avani Prashanth faltered over the last two holes giving away as many as three shots and slipped from the leading position in the 8th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Golden Greens Golf Club.
As Avani slipped, another amateur Sneha Singh, also a previous winner on the Hero WPGT, went into the lead. Sneha finished a group earlier with a day’s card of 1-under 71 and totalled even par 144 for sole lead.
There was a three-way tie for second place, with Avani (71-74), Siddhi Kapoor (74-71) and Jahanvi Bakshi (73-72). They were all 1 over 145.
The fifth and sixth places were held by amateurs Khushi Hooda (75-71) and Vidhatri Urs (73-74). Vidhatri also had an eagle on par-5 fifth.
With six players in contention, including four amateurs, there is bound to be a close battle as only three shots separate these players.
Siddhi Kapoor had three birdies against two bogeys on the second day. Jahanvi was once again steady and a picture of calm with a 72 that had one birdie and one bogey.
Avani, winner of the third leg this year and still short of her 15th birthday, played superbly till the last two holes. Avani who started from one-under was going great guns on the front nine. She opened with birdie on first from almost 15 feet and on the third she hit a great approach to five feet. On the eighth a 6-iron got her to six feet for a birdie. She was 2-under for the first nine. A bogey on 10th was followed by six pars.
On the 17th hole, playing for a left to right wind, she suddenly had the wind stopping as soon as she hit the ball, which went straight into the rough. She came out with a bogey.
On the 18th she had an unfortunate break where on her second shot she hit the ball into the right rough and then had to take a penalty drop. She dropped two shots there. That was especially disappointing considering she had a birdie on 17th and a par on 18th a day earlier.
Hitaashee Bakshi (76-73) was seventh, while Saaniya Sharma (72-78) was eighth. Lakhmehar Pardesi (74-77) and Afshan Fatima (73-78) were tied for ninth.
Tee times of the final round: 8:00 am: Oviya Reddi 158; Mehar Atwal 158; 8:10: Ananya Datar 157; Trimann Saluja 156; 8:20: Disha Kavery 156; Rishika Muralidhar (A) 155; Suchitra Ramesh 155; 8:30: Nishna Patel (A) 154; Rhea P. Saravanan 153; Shweta Mansingh 153; 8:40: Seher Atwal 152; Khushi Khanijau 152; Afshan Fatima 151; 8:55: Lakhmehar Pardesi 151; Saaniya Sharma 150; Hitaashee Bakshi 149; 9:05: Vidhatri Urs (A); 147; Khushi Hooda (A) 146; Avani Prashanth (A) 145; 9:15 am: Jahanvi Bakshi 145; Siddhi Kapoor 145; Sneha Singh (A) 144.