Sharmila takes two-shot lead in season opener of women's golf

Sharmila takes two-shot lead in season opener of women`s golf Bengaluru: Sharmila Nicollet turned in the only par round of the day to take a two-shot lead after the opening day of season-opener Hero Honda Women's Professional Golf Tour here on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Sharmila, who topped the Order of Merit last season and won two titles, sank three birdies and three bogeys, to take a two-shot lead over Jaipur golfer Pallavi Jain (74).

Chandigarh's Saaniya Sharma and Nikki Ponappa, also from Bengaluru, shot 77 each to be placed third, while namesakes Nalini Singh Siwach and Nalini Singh shot 78 each.

Leading the amateur pack was Nikita Arjun, whose 82 gave her a two-shot lead over Kasvi Malik and Anisha Padukone, younger daughter of badminton legend, Prakash Padukone, was third with 85.

Sharmila opened with a birdie on the fourth, but dropped shots on the eighth and ninth to make the turn at one-over at the Eagleton Golf course.

Her fortunes took a further toll when a third successive bogey on 10th saw her go two-over. But the long-hitting local girl dropped birdies on 11th and 13th and parred the rest to finish the day at level-par 72.