Pune: Vaishavi Sinha fired a bogey-free four-under 68 to grab a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the Hero-Oxford Women's Pro Golf Championship at the Oxford Golf & Country Club, here on Wednesday.
Following Vaishavi are Kiran Matharu (70) and Neha Tripathi (72), who are placed second and third respectively.
Vaishavi started impressively, carding two birdies on the second and eighth holes in her front nine. She sustained the momentum in the latter half as well, adding two more birdies on the 15th and 17th holes.
Indian origin English golfer Kiran picked three birdies on the fourth, seventh and 18th holes against a bogey on the 17th hole.
Kolkata's Neha had a mixed bag, which included three birdies on the 14th, 15th and 17th holes with an equal number of bogies on the 8th, 10th and 16th holes.
Hero Order of Merit leader Vani Kapoor carded one-over 73 to take the fourth spot, while Hero MotoCorp sponsored Bengaluru golfer Sharmila Nicollet and Kapurthala's Gursimar Badwal are tied fifth, with identical scores of two-over 74.
Sharmila had an indifferent day as she carded three bogies on the second, eighth and ninth holes with a lone birdie on the fourth hole in her front nine.
She played with much more control in the latter half, carding one more birdie on the 15th hole while dropping one shot on the 12th hole.
Gursimar Badwal carded three birdies on the 2nd, 15th and 16th holes. However, bogies on the 6th, 7th, 9th, 13th and 17th holes spoilt her card as she finished just ahead of Delhi's Gauri Monga and Panchkula's Amandeep Drall, who are tied seventh with identical scores of two-over 75.