Neha Tripathi played a flawless brilliant back nine of three-under 33 to come up with an even par 72, which catapulted her into the lead at the end of round 2 in the opening event of the 2013 Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour on Wednesday. (In pic: Vani on left, Neha alongside)
Playing at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Neha, lying second after the first round of 77, has a total of 149. Neha is four shots clear of Smriti Mehra (77-76), who is at 153. First round leader Vani Kapoor plummeted down with an 80 and has a total of 155.
After three pars and a birdie on fourth, Neha had a tough time on the front nine as she dropped bogeys on fifth and sixth followed by a double bogey on seventh.
She turned in three-over 39. But she reversed her fortunes on the back nine with birdies on 10th and 11th and a series of six pars before ending the day with a final birdie on 18th.
The second best card of the day came from Mehra, who had one birdie on the par-5 fourth, three bogeys and a double bogey on 10th.
Vani was unable to come to terms with the course in third round. She had three bogeys on front nine and then came a quadruple on par-4 12th, followed by a double on par-3 13th. She ended with four pars and a birdie on 18th for a card of 80.
Rani Sonti (85-78) was fourth, while Ankita Tiwana (80-86) and Vandana Agarwal (79-87) were tied for fifth.
The Rs. 4,000,000 event is the first in the series of 12 this year.