Simi, Sharmila head field in Hero Honda women`s golf

Kolkata: India`s leading women`s professional
golfer, Smriti Mehra and current leader on the Hero Honda
Women`s Professional Golf Tour, Sharmila Nicollet will head
the field in ninth leg of the event which begins here
on Wednesday.

A total of 16 pros will be teeing off at the Tollygunge
club, which will be hosting a women`s professional golf
championship for the first time.

The event carries a prize purse of Rs 2.5 lakhs with the
winner getting Rs 68,000.

Tour leader 19-year-old Nicollet, who is India`s best
potential for the 2020 Olympics, will be in the contention for
the title along with veteran professional and local lady
Smriti. Close on their heels not to be underestimated are
Nalini Singh Siwach and Sanniya Sharma.

Youngest professional tour player Tanya Wadhwa, 18, will
be making her maiden appearance in the city. A former junior
grand slam winner in under-12 section, Tanya is based in Texas
and turned professional just after the Hero Honda Women`s
Indian Open.

The ninth leg of the Hero Honda Women`s Professional Golf
Tour has been slotted after a short winter break as a warm up
prior to the Thailand Ladies Open being held in Bangkok from
February 8 to 14 under the aegis of Ladies Asian Golf Tour.

The top four players on the Order of Merit of Hero Honda
Women`s Professional Golf Tour have received exemption to play
in the Ladies European Tour Access Series, which is running
from March to September this year.

Women`s professional golf now offers a lucrative career
for women players with 15 events scheduled for the season



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