Bengaluru: Pune amateur and overnight joint leader Raksha Phadke played stunning golf on her maiden appearance in the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2014, to finish at the top in the Hero KGA Women’s Pro Golf Championship. The INR 5,00,000 tournament culminated today atBengaluru’s flagship KGA Golf course.
In strong winds, Raksha showcased maturity beyond her years and played consistent golf on a day when none from the field of 16 could card an under par score. The Pune amateur was one amongst only three players to card an even par score for the final round. Raksha’s round consisted of two birdies on the 4th and 17th holes along with two bogeys on the 8th and 15th holes. Raksha finished at the top with a total of 216 after 54 holes.
Current Hero Order of Merit leader Vani Kapoor played yet another even par round to take the joint second spot with Bangaluru amateur Anisha Padukone, with identical totals of 218 after the final round. Vani walked away with the winner’s cheque by virtue of being the best professional. Vani’s round consisted of four birdies on the 4th, 10th, 16th and 17th holes and an equal number of bogeys on the 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 14th holes.
Local amateur and overnight joint leader Anisha Padukone could not maintain the momentum going into the final round, finishing at joint second place with Vani Kapoor. Anisha’s final round of 2 over 74 consisted of five bogeys on the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 12th and 13th holes along with three birdies on the 11th, 15th and 17th holes.
Hero MotoCorp sponsored local sensation Sharmila Nicolett finished at the fifth position with a total of 223 after the final round.
Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma was tied for the sixth place with a total of 226 after 54 holes. The tour now moves to the beautiful Eagleton Golf Resort in Bengaluru for Leg 9. The Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2014 comprises a total of fifteen legs spanning across key locations in India.