Three golfers — Diksha Dagar, Arshia Mahant and Sifat Sagoo — shared the top spot after a tight first round in Category A of the 7th Usha DGC Ladies Open Amateur Championship in New Delhi.
Diksha, Arshia and Sifat all carded two-over 74 in the category that features golfers with a 14-handicap and below. This year’s tournament at Delhi Golf Club is witnessing a participation of 105 Indian amateur golfers.
It was quite the contest at the top as Diksha, Arshia and Sifat were engaged in a keen contest.
Sifat had the best first nine, with a score of 37, while Arshia had a 38 and Diksha was two strokes astray. However, the return leg saw Diksha recover splendidly with a two-under 34 card, while Arshia scored a par 36, while Sifat stayed steady at 37, giving all three aggregates of 74.
Diksha, scratch (zero-handicap) golfer, had two bogeys and a double bogey on the first nine, but recovered splendidly with four birdies on the return leg. However, she also had two more bogeys, which cost her the lead.
Arshia also had two bogeys and a double on the first nine, but two birdies gave her a better card. She had three birdies on the back nine too, but a second double bogey on the 12th did not help her cause. Sifat had two bogeys and a birdies in the first nine and the exact configuration in the second, giving her a two-over card.
In Category C (Handicap -26 to -36), Nisha (79) was ahead of Usha Chatrath (80) and Kanwal Verma and Ankita Malhotra (84).