Vani Kapoor ends three-year title drought, wins 7th leg of Hero WPGT

Vani Kapoor ends three-year title drought, wins 7th leg of Hero WPGT

A little over three years after her last win on the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour, Vani Kapoor drilled a crucial birdie on the very last hole to card 3-under 69 and take the lead in the seventh leg of the ongoing season. That slender edge was good enough as Gaurika Bishnoi, who led for a good part of the day, was unable to find a birdie over the last seven holes and also bogeyed the Par 4 14th.

Vani finished at 2-under 214 for three days and Gaurika (72) ended at 1-under 215 to be second. Ridhima Dilawari, who played alongside Gaurika, too, had a chance as she birdied 16th and 17th. She needed a birdie to force a play-off with Vani, but instead double bogeyed the last hole and fell to third place. Ridhima totalled 1-over 217.
Overnight leader Tvesa Malik (77) ran into rough weather in the final round and was fourth, while amateur Vidhatri Urs (76) and Asmitha Sathish (73) were tied for fifth.

Playing in the final group, Gaurika had a chance to force a play-off as she stood on a birdie putt, which however, was a not a straight-forward one. The ball went past the hole and Gaurika was left in second place.

Vani Kapoor, who started the day three behind the 36-hole leader Tvesa Malik, had one birdie and one bogey on the front nine. As the lead group of Tvesa, Gaurika and amateur Vidhatri turned into the back nine, Gaurika held the pole position.

Vani turned the tide on the back nine with birdies on 10th and 12th and then added a vital final one on the 18th.
“It is great to get back to winning, more so on my home course with my family and friends present. I also want to thank everyone here including my coach, Anitya Chand, and my parents,” said Vani, who has been playing mostly on the Ladies European Tour and elsewhere in the past three years.

Gaurika, who started the final day one behind the leader, was unlucky with many of her putts, including the one on the 18th, where she faced a tricky eight-footer.

Gaurika, playing in the final group, did well to come back from a double bogey on Par-5 fourth as she birdied three of the next four holes. But things did not go her way in the closing stages. On one occasion on the 17th, the ball stopped right at the edge of the cup, and she only got a par, where she deserved a birdie.

It was Vani’s day, more so on the back nine. She not only birdied three times but also saved a couple of very good pars to snatch a fine win.

Ridhima was in the mix till the very end before a double bogey pushed her down the leaderboard.

Overnight leader Tvesa had an early birdie on the third and stretched her lead at the top. However, after that nothing went right for her. She bogeyed fifth, eighth, 11th and 14th and had a double bogey on the par-4 sixth for a 77.

Seher Atwal (73) and Amandeep Drall (73) were sixth and seventh, while Lakhmehar Pardesi, who had seven birdies in her 71, was tied eighth alongside Rhea Jha (75) and amateur Anvvi Dahhiya (77).

Vani, who won her first title on the Hero WPG Tour as an amateur more than 10 years ago, has since won more than 35 titles, most of which have come between 2014 and 2018. Since then, she has been playing a lot outside India in Australian, South African and Ladies European Tours, as she searches for her first pro win on the international circuit.

Sneha Singh, who had a disappointing week in tied 21st place, continues to lead the Hero Order of Merit. Vani Kapoor, who won Rs.2,84,000 from the season’s highest purse of Rs. 23 lakhs, moved into third place, while Seher Atwal is second.


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March 23, 2023 - By Golf XYZ

Record entries and record purse for 7th leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour

Record entries and record purse for 7th leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour

A star-studded field with record number of entries with the highest ever prize fund for a domestic event will be the feature of the seventh leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the DLF Golf and Country Club.

Virtually all top Indian women stars barring Aditi Ashok, Diksha Dagar and Pranavi Urs will tee up at the event, which will carry a record purse of Rs. 23 lakhs in the event getting underway on Tuesday.

Vani Kapoor, Amandeep Drall, Ridhima Dilawari and Seher Atwal, who have been playing on Ladies European Tour events, as also Tvesa Malik, Neha Tripathi and Gaurika Bishnoi, who will likely join them on the international circuit soon, are also in the field.

Five of the six winners of the six events held so far are also in the field, including Sneha Singh, the only multiple winner of the ongoing season. The other winners of the season, who will be at the event include Seher Atwal, Amandeep Drall and Gaurika Bishnoi, who won the sixth leg in a play-off with Tvesa Malik. Hitaashee Bakshi, who is on a comeback trail after being out of action for a while, will also fancy her chances after her first start last week.

The 33 professionals, which is the highest, will be joined by six amateurs, including Vidhatri Urs and Lavanya Jadon, who played for India at the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific in Singapore earlier this month.

The current Order of Merit leader is Sneha Singh, who after her two wins is more than Rs.1,09,000 ahead of the second placed Seher Awal. Amandeep Drall is lying third and Khushi Khanijau and Jasmine Shekar are lying fourth and fifth.


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March 20, 2023 - By Golf XYZ

Gaurika edges ahead of Tvesa in a play-off to win sixth leg of Hero WPGT

Gaurika edges ahead of Tvesa in a play-off to win sixth leg of Hero WPGT

Gaurika Bishnoi edged out Tvesa Malik in a tight title clash on the final day of the sixth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Classic Golf and Country Club.

The duo turned in brilliant bogey-free rounds. Gaurika played 4-under 68 in the final round and Tvesa shot 3-under 69.

After 54 holes they were locked at 6-under 210 leading to a play-off which lasted three more holes.

There were some amazing scores on the final as seven players had under par rounds and three more played par rounds. The top seven had under par totals.

Gaurika won the play-off on the third extra hole as she birdied it while Tvesa managed only a par. Earlier both birdied the first play-off hole on the 10th and parred the next one on 17th. On the third play-off hole on the 18th, Gaurika birdied once again and made amends for missing out in the previous leg when she finished second to Sneha Singh.

Gaurika became the fifth different winner in the six legs held so far.

When the final day started, Amandeep Drall led at 7-under and played in the lead group with Tvesa and Vani Kapoor, who were four shots behind at 3-under 141. Gaurika Bishnoi at 2-under for 36 holes was in the second group.

Gaurika played a steady final round with two birdies on the front nine on the first and the eighth holes. She added a third on 13th and finished with a birdie on 18th to set the clubhouse target of 6-under 210.

Vani Kapoor birdied the second but a double bogey on the ninth spoilt her chances. She did fight back with three birdies in four holes between the 12th and 15th, but with pars on the last three holes she ended one shot behind the target set by Gaurika,

Tvesa playing in the lead group parred her first 12 holes and missed a few birdie chances. She then landed back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th to get back into contention. Three more pars on the 15th, 16th, and 17th meant Tvesa was still one behind when she came to the 18th green, where Gaurika had holed a final birdie a short while earlier to take the lead.

Tvesa hit her second shot into thick grass on the 18th but produced a superb third shot under pressure to land four feet from the pin and holed it to force a play-off.

Amandeep bogeyed twice against one birdie on the front nine but was still ahead at the turn. However, she had a very rough day on the back nine as she bogeyed the 10th and 11th and had three more bogeys from the 15th to the 17th. Not even an eagle on the 18th could save her as she finished at 4-under 212 after a final round of 75.

Amandeep was tied with Neha Tripathi (66) for the fourth place as Vani Kapoor was sole third at 5-under 211.

Though the top two, Gaurika and Tvesa, turned in bogey free efforts and played some exciting golf, the day’s best round came from Neha Tripathi, who had three birdies on either side of the course for a bogey free 66.

Hitaashee Bakshi (72) was sixth at 2-under 214, while Asmitha Sathish (68) was seventh at 1-under 215. Seher Atwal (72) was eighth at even par 216.

Amateurs Nishna Patel (70) and Anvvi Dahhiya (72) were ninth and tenth.
Sneha Singh who shot 1-under 71 and finished 12th, continues to lead the Hero Order of Merit, while Seher Atwal is lying second.

The seventh leg of the Hero WPG Tour will be held next week at the DLF Golf and Country Club.

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March 17, 2023 - By Golf XYZ

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