Gurbani third after opening day
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Delhi golfer Gurbani Singh will have some catching up to do on the second day of the All-India Ladies Championships as she is placed third after the first round at the Tollygunge Club. Mille Saroha stole the show on the opening day even as all eyes were focused on defending champion Aditi Ashok and Gurbani, who are engaged in a keen battle for the Order of Merit.
Millie, winner of the Northern India Amateur Championships earlier in the season, shot one-over 70 and took a handy three-shot lead over playing partner Aditi Ashok (73).
Gurbani, who is one point ahead of Aditi in race for Order of Merit, was one shot further behind at 74 at the par-69 course.
The top-three will play together in the second round, following which the top-16 will qualify for the matchplay section.
The top three girls found the front nine rather difficult to negotiate and had no birdies over it. Millie, who had just one bogey on par-5 seventh holes, had two birdies — on 14th and 18th and two bogeys 12th and 16th and a card of one-over 70.
Aditi, who has had a great season, topped by a finish in the top-10 at the Women's Indian Open, is looking to add the Ladies Order of Merit title to her achievements this year. She dropped bogeys on third and sixth and birdied the 10th, but then had back-to-back bogeys on 11th and 12th before a birdie on the 17th. However, a bogey finish on the 18th cost her a valuable lead over her rival Gurbani and made her end four-over for the day.
Gurbani was three-over for the front nine, but she birdied the 14th at which stage she was only two-over. But three bogeys in a row from 15th to 17th spoilt the day and she ended at five-over 74.