Indian pros Smriti Mehra,Sharmila Nicollet and others will be up against a tough international field,including the likes of 2010 winner Laura Davies and defending champion Caroline Hedwall,when the tri-sanctioned Hero Womens Golf Open starts on November 30. Around 108 golfers from more than 25 countries will feature in the sixth edition of which carries a total prize purse of $ 300,000 and will be hosted by the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon.
Since the tournament is the penultimate one on the European Tour,the race to win the money list will be even more intense and that has made sure that the regions top pros are vying to come here.
A total of 108 players,including 45 players from the European circuit and 35 from the Ladies Asian Golf Tour will be competing. We had so many requests that we had to reject a lot of players, secretary general of the Womens Golf Association of India (WGAI),Champika Sayal said. In fact,the player requests may see another international womens tournament hosted by India next year as Sayal says that a co-sanctioned event only with the Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) is in the pipeline.
Among the Indians there will 14 pros alongside three amateurs.
The three-day championship is currently tri-sanctioned by WGAI, LAGT apart from the Ladies European Tour.
Nalini Singh Siwach will be playing her sixth Indian Open as a professional while Vani Kapoor,who has had a phenomenal season winning three domestic titles will debut as a pro this time.
This time every shot will cost me money so that will be a whole new dynamics, Vani laughed before adding: I will be playing at my home course so I am pretty confident.