Srinagar, 25 June-2014(IANS): Delhi amateur Mehar Atwal seems to be enjoying her outing at the Royal Springs Golf Course here after finishing Day 1 at the top of the leaderboard in the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour Tuesday.
With a strong wind blowing across the course, Mehar held on to her nerves to card the day’s only under par score of 2 under 70. Trailing Mehar by a couple of shots is Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi.
Delhi’s Ankita Tiwana and in-form Vani Kapoor along with Pune’s Shweta Galande finished with identical scores of 1 over 73 to be tied third after 18 holes.
Mehar played a near perfect round under difficult conditions as she sank three birdies on her front nine — fifth, eighth and ninth holes — faltering with just one bogey on the sixth. On her return journey, she finished at the top with three birdies on the 11th, 12th and 16th and an equal number of bogeys on the 13th, 14th and 17th.
Neha played an extremely calculated round to finish second with her even par round of 72 consisting of two birdies — fifth and 17th — and two bogeys on eighth and 13th.
Current Order of Merit leader and winner of Leg 6, Vani started her campaign cautiously with a birdie on the first hole and faltered just once in the front nine with a bogey on the seventh.
Her back nine, however, was troublesome as she went on to card a bogey on the 11th and a double bogey on the 15th hole. She ended with two consecutive life saving birdies on the 16th and 17th.
Ankita had a bad start with two consecutive bogeys on the first two holes. Thereafter, she raised her game to card three birdies on the fourth, seventh and ninth holes followed by two more bogeys — eighth and 18th.