Amateurs Anisha Padukone, Raksha Phadke steal the show

Bangalore: Benglauru amateur Anisha Padukone along with Pune`s Raksha Phadke played spectacular golf today to grab the lead at the end of second round of the eighth leg of the Hero Women`s Professional Golf Tour, here.

The amateur duo, who are playing their maiden event this season, were tied for the first place with identical totals of even par 144 after round two in the INR 5,00,000 tournament at the KGA Golf Course.

Phadke and Padukone both carded the day`s lowest score of one under 71. While Raksha played a careful round that included three birdies on the 1st, 6th and 9th holes in addition to two bogeys on the 3rd and 16th holes, Anisha played an attacking round, carding five birdies on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th and 14th holes.

Her round also included two bogeys on 11th and 15th along with a double bogey on the 8th.
The eighth leg so far has seen some impressive golf from local stars, as Hero MotoCorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet and amateur Nikita Arjun were tied for the third place with current Hero Order of Merit leader and Delhi golfer Vani Kapoor, all carding identical scores of 146 after 36 holes.

Sharmila began strongly with two birdies on the 1st and 4th holes with a lone bogey on the 9th hole in her front nine. Her back nine, however, wasn`t very impressive as she carded two consecutive bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes.

Vani, who carded an even par score today, played a careful round with two birdies and two bogeys a piece on the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 11th holes, respectively. Nikita, who is also tied for the third place, played consistently carding one over 73 in the second round. Her round consisted of three birdies on the 11th, 12th and 17th holes along with four bogeys on the 9th, 14th, 15th and 18th holes.

Overnight leader Shweta Galande again failed to capitalise on her impressive first round, as she slipped down by five places to be placed sixth after the second round with a total score of 147. She carded four over 76 in her birdieless second round, which included four bogies on the 2nd, 3rd, 15th and 16th holes.

Trailing Shweta by three shots at the seventh place, and with a very similar score card is Delhi golfer Ankita Tiwana. Ankita, too, failed to card a single birdie in her round of four over 76, which consisted of four bogies on the 5th, 6th 12th and 18th holes.

Kolkata's Neha Tripathi and Jaipur golfer Pallavi Jain were tied for the 8th place with identical totals of 151 after the second round.

Neha's round consisted of four birdies on the 3rd, 5th, 17th and 18th holes in addition to two bogeys on the 7th and 16th holes and a double bogey on the 11th hole. Pallavi Jain, on the other hand failed to maintain her first round momentum, as she carded four bogeys on the 7th, 8th, 13th and 18th holes along with two double bogeys on the 11th and 14th holes, with just a lone birdie on the 2nd hole.

Delhi amateur Mehar Atwal is at the 10th spot with a total of 152, while Chandigarh's Saaniya Sharma is eleventh with a total of 154 after 36 holes.