Pune, March 1 (IANS) Buoyed by her maiden professional title last week, Gursimar Badwal will start as firm favourite in the sixth leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour starting at the Oxford Golf Resort here on Wednesday.
Gursimar currently leads the Order of Merit with total earnings of Rs.3,64,200 in five appearances and she will be eager to consolidate her position atop the money list.
However, the professional from Kapurthala will have to face a strong field including the likes of Vani Kapoor, Neha Tripathi and Kiran Matharu.
Vani will be rejoining the Tour after a gap of one month and will be a force to reckon with. The Delhi youngster was in stellar form and claimed the first two titles of the year in Gujarat. She is currently placed fifth in the rder of Merit with total earnings of Rs.2,94,000 in two appearances this season and will be eager to get back to winning ways.
Neha is currently placed second in the Order of Merit with total earning of Rs.3,62,500 in five appearances, with two wins and a runner-up finish to her name.
Overseas player Kiran, currently placed third in the Order of Merit with total earnings of Rs.3,41,200 in five appearances this season, has struggled in the last few events. She will be keen to set the ball rolling and annex her first title of the year.
Kolkata’s Smriti Mehra and Bengaluru golfer Sharmila Nicollet have not been at their best and will be eyeing a turnaround at the par-72 Oxford course.
This event will also see the return of Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall who missed the last three legs due to her overseas commitments.