Panchkula: Joint leaders Sharmila Nicollet and Saaniya Sharma gave away a triple bogey each but still managed to hold a share of the lead in the eighth leg of the Hero Women`s Professional Golf Tour on Monday.
Sharmila paid the penalty of one disastrous hole, the 10th, where she gave away a triple bogey while Saaniya Sharma dropped a triple on the 18th at the Panchkula Golf Club.
Sharmila, who took over the lead in the Hero Women`s Order of Merit with her win last week, is looking for a third win on the trot.
Sharmila seemed to be going fine with four birdies on the front nine a stretch of three-under 34. But in the back nine, she gave away a triple on the 10th.
She then had two birdies and two bogeys, including one on the 18th and last. So with a three-over for back stretch she was even par 73 for the day.
Saaniya, on the other hand, had two birdies and two bogeys on front nine and then she had a birdie and an eagle two on par-4 16th. Just as she looked like taking the lead, she had a triple on the last hole.
Nalini Singh (Siwach) was lying third with 75, while Neha Tripathi was fourth with a card of 76. Preetinder Kaur (79) was fifth.
Seasoned Smriti Mehra, second on the Money list had a tough day with a card of 80 and was tied for the sixth spot with Vandana Aggarwal.
Sharmila will have a chance to increase the lead over Smriti in case she wins the eighth leg.
This is the eighth leg of the 15-event Hero Women`s professional Golf Tour.