Overnight leader Sharmila Nicollet could not sustain the momentum and slipped to third place.

Hero Order of Merit leader Vani started on a good note, carding a birdie on the 2nd hole. However, she faltered immediately thereafter and holed consecutive bogies on the 3rd and 4th holes.

Quickly regaining her composure, Vani fired four more birdies on the 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th holes to finish with a three under 67 and a total of 141 after the second round.

Trailing Vani by five strokes is Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi. Neha played a cautious round, carding two birdies on the 2nd and 13th holes along with three bogies on the 1st, 7th and 14th holes. However, a double bogey on the 17th hole spoilt her score line, and she had to be content with a score of 3 over 73.

Sharmila had an indifferent day as she played a birdie-less front nine with bogies on the 1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th holes. Her back nine ran a similar script as she carded two double bogies on the 10th and 17th holes with a lone birdie on the 15th hole.

She is tied third with Kiran Matharu, with identical scores of 147 after 36 holes. Kiran carded two birdies on the 2nd and 13th holes with five bogies on the 3rd, 4th, 9th,15th, 16th holes. She also carded a double bogey on the 1st hole and finished the round with a score of 5 over 75.

Veteran Smriti Mehra is placed fifth after round two with a total score of 149. She is followed by Delhi’s Ankita Tiwana, Pune’s Shweta Galande and Kapurthala golfer Gursimar Badwal, all tied in sixth position with identical scores of 151 after 36 holes.

Delhi’s Gauri Monga and Panchkula golfer Amandeep Drall are placed ninth and 10th respectively.

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