Raksha in sole lead after opening round

Raksha in sole lead after opening round

Shreya Ghei watches her shot in the Southern India Open on Tuesday. DH photoRaksha returned a card of three-over 72 for a three-stroke lead over Vani Kapoor, while Shreya Ghei was third with five-over 77 at the Karnataka Golf Association.

Raksha started the day on a bright note after she birdied the opening hole but stuttered thereafter by dropping strokes on the third, fifth and the seventh holes.
She eased the damage a bit at the turn with a birdie on the ninth and following it up with another on the 11th. However the day ended disappointingly for her when she bogeyed three times later.

Meanwhile, Vani made a shocking start to her round when she double-bogeyed the par-3 first before dropping a stroke in the next hole.
She sunk three more bogeys to the birdies.

Leading scores (after 18 holes): Gold (0-12 handicap): 75: Raksha Phadke; 76: Vani Kapoor; 77: Shreya Ghei; 78: Gauri Monga, Neha Tripathi; 79: Akrati Singh; 85: Amrita Sarna, Natasha Gill.

Silver (13-24): 80: Aditi Ashok; 84: Vrinda Yadav; 87: Seher Atwal; 88: Kasvi Malik; 90: Renuka Philip Sr.

Bronze (25-36): 97: Ankita Kedlaya; 99: Palomi R Jain; 101: Poornima Naryan; 109: Beena Sridhar, Miki Tobari, Rita Dogra.