Golfer Neha eyes hat-trick of titles

Mumbai, Feb 22 (IANS) Following consecutive victories in the last two events, Neha Tripathi will look to keep the momentum going and will aim for her third title on the trot in the fifth Leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club.

The Rs.6 lakh event will see 18 professionals vying for the top honours and will be played here from February 23 to 25.

Neha is currently third in the Order of Merit with total earnings of Rs.2,78,500 in four appearances and will be eager to continue the winning run. However, the professional from Kolkata will be up against a strong field and will face a stiff challenge from the likes of Smriti Mehra, Kiran Matharu, Sharmila Nicollet and Gursimar Badwal.

English woman Kiran currently leads the Order of Merit with total earnings of Rs.3,16,000 with two runner-up finishes in four appearances. She is yet to win a title this season and will be keen to break the jinx here.

Gursimar has been a consistent performer on the tour but has struggled to capitalise on some crucial situations in the field. The professional from Kapurthala will be eager to make amends and will push for her maiden professional title.

Kolkata’s Smriti, sixth on the money list with Rs.2,43,300, hasn’t been at her best this season and will be eyeing a turnaround here. Bengaluru’s Sharmila has only played in the last two events and is still searching for her first victory. She would be keen to end the drought with a win in Mumbai.

This event will also see Sonam Chugh making her debut as a professional on the tour. Others to watch out for are Pune’s Shweta Galande, Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma and the Delhi duo of Ankita Tiwana and Mehar Atwal.

The Bombay Presidency Golf Club is one of the oldest and most renowned golf courses in Mumbai. The picturesque par 70 course is all set to test the players with its tight fairways and unpredictable sea breeze.

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