Indian golfer Neha Tripathi, who had a fine first round of two-under 70, just about survived the cut line after a six-over 78 on the second day of the Sanya Ladies Open at Yalong Bay Golf Club here on Friday. Neha was four-over 148 right on the cut line in Tied-53rd place. The best Indian, and the only other one to make the cut was Saaniya Sharma, who after her first round 75 added a steady even par 72 on second day to be three-over 147 and Tied-44th.
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The remaining three Indians, Smriti Mehra, Vani Kapoor and Amandeep Drall missed the cut.
Gwladys Nocera of France, who comes to India to try and regain the Hero Women’s Indian Open she won in 2014, and local rookie professional Yan Liu fired matching second rounds of 70 in hot and humid conditions to share the lead heading into the final round.
Nocera, a 14-time Ladies European Tour tournament winner from France and local rookie professional Liu, 18, sit at six-under-par.
They are one stroke ahead of Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, German rookie Leticia Ras-Anderica and Thai pair Prima Thammaraks and Saraporn Chamchoi.
Amelia Lewis of the United States had been at seven-under-par after 16 holes but double bogeyed the 17th after finding the water off the tee and then bogeyed the last to drop into a five-way share of seventh on four-under-par.
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