Updated March 13th, 2024 at 21:10 IST

Hitaashee Bakshi cards amazing 8-under to lead in sixth leg of WPGT

She had another birdie on the 13th and a bogey on the 17th, her only blemish of the day, to equal the ladies course record.

Hitaashee Bakshi | Image:X
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Hitaashee Bakshi played a sensational front nine, carding 8-under 64 to emerge sole leader on the opening day of the sixth leg of the 2024 Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour here on Tuesday.

Hitaashee, who has had a steady season so far and leads the Hero Order of Merit, opened sedately at the DLF Golf and Country Club with two pars. She then landed two eagles and four birdies in the next seven holes for a front nine of 8-under 28.

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She had another birdie on the 13th and a bogey on the 17th, her only blemish of the day, to equal the ladies course record.

Hitaashee, who in her five previous starts has won once and been second or tied-second on three occasions, is eight shots clear of the second-placed Vani Kapoor and last week's winner, Amandeep Drall, who shot 72 each.

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Gaurika Bishnoi, who was runner-up last week in the fifth leg, was fourth with a round of 73, while the Queen Sirikit-bound amateur Zara Anand showed promise with a 74 that put her at fifth.

Hitaashee, who after a comeback from injuries topped the Thailand LPGA Q-School, showed great form. She picked an eagle on the Par-5 fourth and another eagle on Par-4 sixth, where she holed her second shot.

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Her birdies came on the third, fifth, eighth and ninth. On the back nine, she birdied the 13th, and her lone bogey came on the challenging 17th.

Vani had four birdies and four bogeys in her first 13 holes and parred the rest, while Amandeep parred the first 11 holes and birdied the Par-3 12th and gave that shot back on the Par-4 17th. Gaurika had three birdies against four bogeys.

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Zara had a rough start and was 3-over after the first six holes, but three birdies and a bogey between the eighth and 12th steadied her. She finished with two more bogeys against one birdie.

Astha Madan (75) was sixth, while five players, Ananya Datar, Karishma Govind, Jasmine Shekar, Jahaanvie Walia and another Queen Sirikit player, amateur Vidhatri Urs, were all tied seventh at 76 each.

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Amateur Heena Kang, also part of the Indian team going for Queen Sirikit with Zara and Vidhatri, shot 77 to be T-12. 

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Published March 13th, 2024 at 21:10 IST