Amandeep leads qualifiers at Ladies Golf

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2011, 20:32 PM IST

Chandigarh: Local girl Amandeep Drall emerged winner in the two-round strokeplay section of the USHA All India Ladies Amateur, the flagship event of the IGU`s domestic Tour, on Wednesday.

Drall, the 19-year-old from Shivalik Golf Course near here, added a 76 to her first round 72 on yet another tough day for scoring. Her total of 148 for two days was four clear of favourite Vani Kapoor, who shot 78.

Finishing third in the strokeplay was Gursimar Badwal, also from the north, who scored 76 for a total of 153. Gurbani Singh, the 2009 champion, was fourth with rounds of 79 and 77.

The best score for the second day was a 75 by Millie Saroha, who finished fifth at 157.

The top 16 girls qualified for the Matchplay, starting tomorrow. There was a play-off between four girls for the last three places. Tvesa Malik, Sukhneer Saini and Nanki Chadha made it while Mehar Atwal was eliminated. However, Mehar`s less fancied sister, Sehar qualified.

The 16 qualifiers were Amandeep Drall, Vani Kapoor, Gursimar Badwal, Gurbani Singh, Millie Saroha, Nikita Arjun, Astha Madan, Aditi Ashok, Anisha Padukone, Raksha Phadke, Ankita Kedlaya, Rabiya Gill, Sehar Atwal, Tvesa Malik, Sukhneer Saini and Nanki Chadha.

The All India Amateur Ladies golf dates back to 1906 and it is now more than 100 years old, though the event was not held a few times in the 1940s.

Vani is leading the current Order of Merit at 227 points and holds a 16-point lead over her nearest rival, Gurbani Singh (211) is second and lying third is Aditi Ashok (209).

The points are calculated on the basis of six-best finishes.

The event is being held at the popular Chandigarh Golf Club.

PTI