Simi Mehra drops to tied 10th at Thailand Ladies Open

February 18th, 2009 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangkok, Feb 18(IANS) Simi Mehra dropped a last hole bogey and finished the first day of the $120,000 Thailand Ladies Open in the tied 10th place. The Indian ace shot a two-under 70 and was three shots behind the unheralded Korean professional Kim Hyeon Kyeong who shot a five-under 67.
The 20-year-old Kim from Seoul, playing her first tournament on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) posted seven birdies against two bogeys, which she claimed was her best first round score in her rookie start of the year.

Mehra, who will be leading India’s challenge at the DLF Women’s Indian Open next week, was three-under before reaching the 18th. However, her second shot in a deep rough faded and went into the pond and she bogeyed the hole to finish on 70. “This is not the first time, I’ve been similar situations before,” she said.

Among other Indian pros, young Nalini Singh gave a good account of herself shooting one-over 73 and was tied 31st and Saanya Sharma playing her first international shot 76 and was tied 65th. Pallavi Jain (81) and Preetinder Kaur (84) were further down in the standings.

Plucksataporn Titiya kept the Thai flag flying by signing out with a 4-under 68 to sit on tied second with her compatriot Jutanugarn Moriya, an amateur, China’s Wang Chun and Korea’s Lee Eun Kyoung, who was diagnosed for cancer in 2007.

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