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Sharmila leads field in Hero golf

India's Sharmila Nicollet hits a drive d

Mumbai - Sharmila Nicollet put forth a commendable round of two under 63 to lead at the close of Round 1 of the fourth leg of the Rs. 5,00,000 Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour being held here at the Willingdon Sports Club.

Sharmila, who is fresh from her win in the third leg last week, continued with her good form to stay two shots clear of second placed Pallavi Jain.

Sharmila played a steady first round with birdies on the first, seventh and 14th holes and a solitary bogey on the fifth to lead the field on Day 1. Pallavi, was leading the field on the front nine with a one-stroke advantage over Sharmila.

However, a double bogey on the 17th ruined her chances forcing her to settle for the second position at the close of Round 1. She carded three birdies on the sixth, ninth and 11th and a bogey on the 12th.

Smriti Mehra, since her victory in the second leg, has struggled and her disappointment continued as she started with two bogeys followed by further bogeys on the seventh and 13th. Her birdies on the ninth and 17th helped her finish at the third position with a score of 2 over 67.

Neha Tripathi finished fourth with a score of 5 over 70, followed by Preetinder Kaur (71) and Alexandra Dhayar (72).

Leaderboard:

Sharmila Nicollet – 63

Pallavi Jain – 65

Smriti Mehra – 67

Neha Tripathi – 70

Preetinder Kaur – 71

Alexandra Dhayar – 72

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