Kolkata: After a dominating victory at the Tollygunge Club, Vani Kapoor will look to keep the momentum going in the 5th Leg of the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour. Vani currently leads the Hero Order of Merit with total earnings of INR 4,64,000 in four appearances and will start as firm favourite at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club.
The INR 6,00,000 event featuring 16 golfers will culminate on February 20. Delhi youngster Vani Kapoor is expected to face tough competition from Hero Motocorp sponsored Shamila Nicollet and Kolkota golfer Neha Tripathi. Bengaluru's Sharmila showed signs of her return to form with a second place finish in the last leg and is expected to press for victory this time. Neha is placed third in the Hero Order of Merit with earnings of INR 2,38,000 and will try to close the gap at the top of the table.
Panchkula's Amandeep Drall, veteran Smriti Mehra and English golfer Kiran Matharu were not at their best in the last leg and would be eager to make amends. Amandeep has been impressive in her rookie year with total earnings of INR 2,98,000 in four appearances and is placed second in the Hero Order Merit. Kiran who has already tasted victory in her maiden appearance will be a force to reckon with. Smriti Mehra on the other hand hasn't been at her best in the present season and would be eyeing a turnaround at BPGC.
Other golfers to watch out for are Delhi's Gauri Monga, Pune's Shweta Galande and Chandigarh golfer Saaniya Sharma. The Bombay Presidency Golf Club is one of the oldest and most renowned golf courses in Mumbai. The picturesque par 70 golf course is all set to test the players with its tight fairways and unpredictable sea breeze.