Gurugram: Neha Tripathi finished strongly to grab the lead with a 3-under 69 in the opening round of the sixth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour.
Playing at the Classic Golf & Country Club on Wednesday, Neha, who has been a runner-up in two of her last three starts, is one shot clear of Amandeep Drall (70), who has not featured on the domestic circuit since the first two legs.
There is a three-way tie for the third place with Tvesa Malik, Gaurika Bishnoi and amateur Ridhima Dilawari carding 71 each. Yet another young amateur, Sifat Sagoo, shot even par 72 to be sole sixth. One shot behind Sifat was Trisha Sunil (73) in seventh place.
Two of the pre-tournament favourites, Vani Kapoor and Gursimar Badwal went through the first round without a single birdie, carding 74 each to be tied-8th alongside Mehar Atwal.
Neha opened with a bogey, but birdies on third and sixth saw her get to under par, before a bogey on Par-5 ninth brought her down to even.
On the back nine, she birdied 10th and then found birdies on 14th, 16th and 18th, while dropping one shot on Par-3 17th.
Amandeep also opened with a bogey, but added three birdies on third, 15th and 18th and dropped no further shots in her 70.