Gaurika leads after second round of 14th leg of Hero WPG Tour

Gurgaon : Golfer Gaurika Bishnoi finally struck form with five birdies to take the lead after the second round of the 14th Leg of the Hero womens Pro Tour at the DLF Golf and Country club here on Thursday.

Gaurika, who is still looking for her first win this season, shot 2-over 74 despite a bogey-bogey finish. With rounds of 77 and 74, Gaurika is now 7-over 151 and leads her closest rival, young Khushi Khanijau (71) by two shots.

Khushi, who has been showing a lot of promise and also finished second in the 11th Leg at Hyderabad in August, carded the first sub-par round of the week, as she compiled 1-under 71 which also included five birdies.

Afshan Fatima, winner last week in the 13th leg at Greater Noida, shot 76 and at 154, she was third and one ahead of Neha Tripathi, who after a disappointing first round of 82 made a nine-shot improvement with a 73. At 155 she is fourth.

Gaurika birdied third and ninth but dropped shots on second, sixth and eighth to turn in 1-over 37.

On the back nine she birdied three times between 12th and 15th, but also dropped shots on 11th, 13th, 17th and 18th for a total of 74.

Khushi had a fine front nine with two birdies against one bogey, while on the back nine she had three birdies on 11th, 16th and 18th. However, three bogeys in a row from 13th to 15th spoilt her fine card.

Amateur Sifat Sagoo, who is playing on her home course, added 79 to her first round 80 and is tied-5th alongside first round co-leader, Millie Saroha (82).

The surprise was Amandeep Drall, who for the second day running shot 80 and was placed seventh, while Hero oreder of merit leader Tvesa Malik (79-82) disappointed as she was tied-8th alongside Gursimar Badwal (84-77) and Anisha Padukone (86-75).