Greater Noida: Kolkata's Neha Tripathi returned with a score of two-under 70 to soar to pole position on day one of the 15th leg of Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour 2015 here on Wednesday.
Trailing her by one stroke is veteran Smriti Mehra. The INR 6,00,000 event is being played at the Jaypee Greens and will culminate on September 4.
Neha Tripathi started the quest for her first title of the season in style, playing a bogey-free front nine with a lone birdie on the 8th hole. She kept the momentum going on her return journey, and fired two more birdies on the 11th and 14th holes. Her lone blemish came on the 17th hole.
Smriti, who returned to the Tour after missing a few events due to overseas commitments, carded one-under 71 to take the second spot. She had an indifferent start and dropped two shots on the 5th and 9th holes.
However, she grew in confidence as the day progressed and fired four birdies on the 11th, 13th, 15th and 18th holes, while dropping a shot on the 12th hole. Her tally of four birdies was the maximum by any player on the day.
Panchkula's Amandeep Drall returned with a level par score to finish third. She started well with a birdie on the 1st hole, but dropped two consecutive shots on the 2nd and 3rd holes. However, she recovered well, carding two birdies on the 4th and 6th holes. She dropped a bogey on the 18th hole.
Hero Order of Merit leader Vani Kapoor, Kapurthala's Gursimar Badwal, Bangalore's Sharmila Nicollet and amateurs Diksha Dagar and Tvesa Malik returned with identical scores of two-over 74 to end tied fourth.
Vani dropped four bogies on the 6th, 8th, 10th and 18th holes, along with two birdies on the 11th and 17th holes, while Gursimar dropped three shots on the 2nd, 4th and 11th holes, with a lone birdie on the 5th.
Hero Motocorp sponsored Sharmila fired a lone birdie on the 15th hole, while dropping a shot on the 5th along with a double on the 18th.
Amateur Anisha Padukone is in the ninth position with a score of three-over 75, followed by the Delhi duo of Mehar Atwal and Ankita Tiwana in tied 10th position with identical scores of four-over 76.