Hyderabad: Teenage golfer Oviya Reddi of Chennai carded a two-over 74 in the second round to keep a share of the lead in the third leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the TNGF Cosmo Golf course in Chennai on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Hyderabad amateur golfer Sneha Singh (76-77) and Khushi Khanijau (79-74) were tied eighth, while Saaniya Sharma (79-75) and Sonam Chugh (77-77) stands at tenth position. The 19-year-old Oviya, who never had a Top-5 finish on the Tour, went through a roller coaster back nine with two birdies against four bogeys, while Amandeep Drall, searching for her first win this season, shot 73. The duo were three-over 147 and two shots ahead of the pair of Pranavi Urs (69) and Afshan Fatima (72), who are tied third at five-over 149.
The star of the day was Pranavi, who after a disappointing eight-over 80 in her first round as a pro, made a dramatic 11-shot improvement within a day. Pranavi, who has twice won on the Hero WPGT but as an amateur, is looking for her first win as a pro and she may well pull it off on her debut.
Amandeep, who has had a quiet time on the domestic tour, carded three birdies on the front nine against bogeys on second and fifth. On the back nine, she dropped shots on 10th and 12th, but parred the last six holes for her 73.
With the players getting a better idea of the TNGF Cosmo course layout, Neha Tripathi (77-74) and Vani Kapoor (79-73) improved their scores. Neha was sole fifth at seven-over 151, while Vani was tied-sixth with Ananya Datar, whose three bogeys on her last three holes proved costly. Ananya added 77 to her first round score of 75 to be eight-over 152 with Vani. With the course testing the players, the final round could see a thrilling finish with the top five players within four shots of each other.