Women's Golf Association of India

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Anvitha Narender in action-R2

Anvitha takes 2-shot lead over amateur Lavanya Jadon in 8th Leg of Hero WPGT

Bengaluru, June 19: Anvitha Narender shot the best round of her young professional career to take a 2-shot lead after 36 holes in the 8th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Bangalore Golf Club.

Playing only her fourth round as a pro, Anvitha (69-65), a New Jersey-born Bengaluru-based golfer, shot 5-under 65 and moved two clear of the Gurgaon-based amateur Lavanya Jadon (69-67).

After two rounds Anvitha is 6-under and Lavanya is 4-under and the two are the only players with both rounds under par.

Anvitha, who finished T-8 in her pro debut last week, ran up three birdies in a row from the second and got off to a great start. She dropped shots on the fifth and the ninth at the Bangalore Golf Club to turn in 1-under. On the back nine, she had gains on the 10th and 12th followed by back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th for a fine round of 65.

Lavanya, who has represented India as an amateur, opened with a birdie on the first but she gave that away on the eighth. Another birdie on the ninth meant she turned in 1-under. On the back nine, she birdied the 12th and the 16th for a round of 67.

Seher Atwal carded a steady 69 with three birdies and two bogeys to be sole third at 1-under 139, while another amateur Saanvi Somu carded even par 70 to be fourth at 1-over 141.

The 2023 Hero Order of Merit winner, Sneha Singh (73), one of the four overnight leaders, and Vidhatri Urs (70) were tied for fifth at 2-over 142. Snigdha Goswami 71-72) was seventh.

One of the four co-leaders from first round, Rhea Jha slipped to eighth with 75 in the second round. Amateur Keerthana Rajeev (74-72) was tied ninth with Gaurabi Bhowmick (71-75).

The current Order of Merit leader, Hitaashee Bakshi improved to 71 in the second round and is now T-11, as is the seventh leg winner, Gaurika Bishnoi (73-74). Amandeep Drall continued to struggle as she shot 74-75 and was T-19.

The cut fell at 150 and 25 players will play the final round. Among the well-known players to miss the cut was Jasmine Shekar (77-74), who was fifth last week.

Tee times for the third and final round of the 8th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Bangalore Golf Club:

1. 7:30 am : Khushi Khanijau 150, Disha Kavery 149;

2. 7:40 am : Ravjot K Dosanjh 149, Ananya Garg 149;

3. 7:50 am : Prakruthi N Sastry (A) 149, Amandeep Drall 149, Shweta Mansingh 149;

4. 8:00 am : Rhea Purvi Saravanan 148, Jahaanvie Walia 148, Astha Madan 148;

5. 8:10 am : Gaurika Bishnoi 147, Agrima Manral 147, Gauri Karhade 147;

6. 8:25 am : Hitaashee Bakshi 147, Anisha Agarwalla 147, Gourabi Bhowmick 146;

7. 8:35 am : Keerthana Rajeev (A) 146, Rhea Jha 144, Snigdha Goswami 143;

8. 8:45 am : Sneha Singh 142, Vidhatri Urs 142, Saanvi Somu (A) 141;

9. 8:55 am : Seher Atwal 139, Lavanya Jadon (A) 136, Anvitha Narender 134;

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Mr. Vittal Belandor, Secretary-BGC & Mr. D N Vasanth Kumar, Captain-BGC jointly handing over the winner's cheque and trophy to Anvitha Narender.