Golf: Indian girls slip to ninth place

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Hong Kong, May 21 (IANS) The Indian golf team of Gaurika Bishnoi, Ridhima Dilawari and Nishtha Madan ended the second day in tied ninth position at the 37th Queen Sirikit Cup Asia-Pacific Invitational ladies team golf championship here on Thursday.

The Indian trio assembled a card of 151 for the two days for a team total of 298 that saw them slip to ninth from overnight fourth position.

Bishnoi, 17, currently third on the IGU’s ladies amateur tour, paced the team with a 74, while Dilawari, ranked second, added a 77 for the team total 151 in windy conditions.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Madan, ranked seventh, who carded a par-round on Wednesday, came back with 82 that did not count in the three-to-play, two-to-count format.

Bishnoi who finished as a runner-up at Malaysian ladies amateur team championship last year, was not too content with her round.

“I was playing level par till 13th but bogeys on 14th, 15th and 18th spoilt my game. The course conditions were same like yesterday, but I took few bad decisions and read the lines wrong. I just need to play calm and focus well to get into top three tomorrow,” said Bishnoi.

Other two teams, which are tied on ninth, are Chinese Taipei and China while Korea, winners of the Cup for a record 16 times, took the lead from Hong Kong at 281 in the13-nation field.

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