Sharmila Nicollet returned with a score of two over 74 on the second day to retain her lead in the 16th leg of the Women's Professional Golf Tour 2015 at the Delhi Golf Club here on Thursday.
One stroke behind is amateur Tvesa Malik with a total of 147 after the second round of the INR 6,00,000 event, which will culminate on Friday.
Hero Motocorp sponsored Sharmila, who is chasing her second title of the season, played a cautious front nine carding two birdies on the 2nd and 5th holes and a double bogey on the 3rd hole.
Her return journey was quite eventful as she carded three birdies on the 10th, 14th and 18th holes, along with the same number of bogies on the 12th,13th and 15th holes. A double on the 15th contributed to the damage and she finished with a total score of 146 after two rounds.
Her tally of five birdies was the maximum by any golfer on the day.
Tvesa, who started the day in tied third position, played a birdie-less front nine with a lone bogey on the 8th hole. She started her back-nine with a birdie on the 10th hole and could have ended the day tied for the first spot but for a bogey on the 16th. She finished Round Two with a score of one over 73 to stay just a shot adrift of the leader.
Rookie Amandeep Drall and Delhi's Gauri Monga are placed tied third with identical totals of 148 after the end of the second day.
Smriti Mehra, Gursimar Badwal and amateur Diksha Dagar are in tied fifth position with a total of 151 after 36 holes. Delhi's Ankita Tiwana is placed in eighth position with a total of 153 followed by Hero Order of Merit Leader Vani Kapoor in ninth spot with a total of 154 after two days.
The Women's Professional Golf Tour 2015 comprises a total of 19 legs spanning across India.