Vani Kapoor played a flawless back nine to carve out a win in the first leg of the 2018 Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens, Ahmedabad.
Vani, who won 4 titles in 6 starts in 2017, carded an even par 72 to finish 5-over 221 and edge out Saaniya Sharma by two shots. Saaniya shot one-over 73 which included a costly double bogey on par-5 14th hole. She also had a bogey earlier on 11th hole.
Gursimar Badwal finished third in a tie with Tvesa Malik at 226. Vani started the final day one shot ahead of Neha Tripathi and opened bogey-bogey. She however steadied herself and dropped only one more shot on the front nine on eighth. Birdies on the 12th, 14th and 18th ensured she finished strongly with a 33 on the back nine. The 24-year-old’s aggregate of 221 gave her a two-shot win.
Vani picked up a cheque of Rs. 1,26,000 while Saaniya earned Rs. 1,02,000 for her effort.
(Read more in the February issue of Golf Digest India. Download here.)