Sharmila maintains lead at Hero women’s professional golf

August 24th, 2011 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Aug 24 (IANS) Sharmila Nicollet kept the momentum going and stayed two shots ahead of the seasoned Smriti Mehra at the end of the second round at the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2011-12 at the Eagleton Golf Resort here Wednesday.

Sharmila shot a fine four-under 68, one better than the opening round, to move in sole lead as overnight co-leader Neha Tripathi rued her poor putting to shoot 74 and drop to tied fourth.

Sharmila will be given a tough fight by Smriti, who shot a bogey free 68 and came within two shots of Sharmila. Nalini Singh Siwach (71) was lying third and Saanniya Sharma (70) was tied for fourth.

Amateur Aditi, loser in the play-off in first leg, was fifth at 145 with rounds of 71 and 74.

Sharmila seemed to be finding her rhythm after being lacklustre in the first leg. The 20-year-old had five birdies, including a 25-foot downhill effort on 17th. She also had birdies on sixth, seventh, ninth and 16th. Her only blemish was a three-putt on fifth for a bogey as she went around in 28 putts.

Smriti Mehra had birdies on seventh, 13th and 16th, where she missed a 25-foot eagle putt and the 18th. She also needed 28 putts today.

Nalini Singh Siwach had three birdies and two bogeys in her 71 and Neha had three birdies and four bogeys. Aditi managed just one birdie against three bogeys.

(after 2 rounds)
137: Sharmila Nicollet (69, 68);
139: Smriti Mehra (71, 68);
141: Nalini Singh Siwach (70, 71);
143: Saaniya Sharma (73, 70), Neha Tripathi (69, 74);
145: Aditi Ashok (A) (71, 74);
153: Meghna Bal (79, 78).

145: Aditi Ashok (A) (71, 74);
153: Anisha Padukone (78, 75).

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