Kolkata golfer Neha Tripathi played a superb final round to edge past overnight leader Vani Kapoor to seal another victory in the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour 2013. This victory in the sixth leg is the third of the season for Neha and with this she overtakes Smriti Mehra in the Hero Order of Merit 2013, an event press release said on Thursday.
Neha, who had made a strong comeback on Wednesday, was brilliant in the final round on Thursday and once again established her dominance in the domestic tour this season. Vani, the overnight leader, got off to a great start and she had a clear lead of four strokes on the front nine but Neha was brilliant in the back nine and clinched the title by a single shot. Both the players were tied at the 17th and it was Vani's bogey on the 18th that gave Neha the title.
Neha carded four birdies on the third, 14th, 15th and 16th to return with a final day score of one under 71 and a total score of 228. She had a double bogey on the fourth and a bogey on the 11th hole. Vani played a competitive final round of three over 75 and had a final score of 229. She carded just a single birdie on fifth and had bogeys on the sixth, 11th, 15th and 18th.
Ankita Tiwana, who was lying tied seventh after the second round, played a steady third round of four over 76 to finish tied third with local girl Saaniya Sharma, who returned with a final round score of 10 over 82. Both had a total score of 239.
Pallavi Jain with a total score of 246 finshed fifth and Mita Gowande,247, finished sxith.
Gursimar Badwal (A), was the amateur winner with a total score of 236. The other amateur Amandeep Drall (A) returned with a total score of 240.
Neha Tripathi - 228 (82, 75, 71)
Vani Kapoor - 229 (78, 76, 75)
Ankita Tiwana - 239 (78, 85, 76)
Saaniya Sharma - 239 (83, 74, 82).