Pattaya: Vani Kapoor had a disappointing double bogey on her very last hole, the ninth, on what was otherwise a very satisfying opening day at the Ladies European Thailand Championship.
Lying 2-under after 17 holes, Vani who started with a birdie on 10th, was sitting nicely at 2-under when she dropped a double bogey on Par-4 ninth hole. She was now lying T-24th with four birdies, two bogeys and a double on a hot and humid day.
The other Indian, Gaurika Bishnoi (75) was lying 80th and she will need a strong second round to make the cut.
Anne Van Dam of the Netherlands produced a brilliant five-under-par 67 to share the lead with local player Aunchisa Utama on day one.
England’s Gabriella Cowley and Australian Whitney Hillier, whose mother is from Thailand, are both only one shot adrift with Beth Allen from the United States and Maria Palacios from Spain both on three-under.
The shot of the day belonged to Scotland’s Michele Thomson, who holed out with a 7-iron from 164 yards on the par-3 14th for her first professional ace.