Chandigarh: Vani Kapoor and Aditi Ashok qualified for the Usha All India Ladies Amateur Matchplay final with comprehensive wins in the semifinals at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Saturday.
The 17-year-old Vani was in particularly great form and played with a lot of maturity to run away a 6&4 winner against Ankita Kedlaya, while the 13-year-old Aditi Ashok beat Millie Saroha 3&2.
The two teammates from the Usha Queen Sirikit Cup are vying for their All India Ladies title the biggest crown in Ladies amateur golf in India.
Vani, who is leading the IGU Ladies Order of Merit, dominated the front-nine and by the turn she was five-up. During this stretch she made just one birdie but kept her nose ahead with no frills.
Ankita tried to prolong the match as she pulled one back on the 10th but Vani quickly won the 11th to once again go five-up. Ankita once again fought back to win the 12th.
Then Vani quickly closed the match winning 13th and 14th holes with pars as her rival bogeyed. That saw Vani go six-up with four holes left to finish the match.
Aditi Ashok had two birdies, but Millie also stayed in the game as both players were all square at the turn after the ninth. Then Aditi forged ahead as she won the 10th, 15th and 16th holes with pars on all three to win the match 3-up with 2 holes to go.
A win at the Usha All India Ladies amateur Championships, the flagship event on the women's amateur calendar, will emphatically seal the Order of Merit for Vani Kapoor, who has been very consistent and successful this year. She has twice won the amateur circuit and also grabbed a title on the pro circuit while still being an amateur.