Amandeep shoots 5-under 67, lies third in Switzerland; Vani, Diksha card 70

Amandeep Drall. PIC: LET

Holzhausern, Switzerland, Sep 9: Amandeep Drall fired one of her best rounds on the Ladies European Tour when she returned a card of 5-under in the first round of the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open. Amandeep was lying Tied-third and two shots behind co-leaders, Christine Wolf, a former Hero Indian Open winner, and Linn Grant. Wolff and Grant shot 7-under 65 each.

As Amandeep shot 67, the other Indians had a modest start. Diksha Dagar and Vani Kapoor carded 2-under 70 each to be T-26, Tvesa Malik scored even par 72 and was T-50th.

Ridhima Dilawari was 1-over through 15 holes and Neha Tripathi was 5-over through 15. They will complete their rounds Friday morning.

Amandeep began birdie-birdie but dropped a shot on par-4 fifth and turned in 1-under. Three more birdies on the first four holes of the back nine out Amandeep in a strong position. She consolidated that with yet another birdie on Par-3 15th and ended the day with 67.

Vani Kapoor had five birdies and three bogeys, while Diksha opened with nine pars on front nine and had three birdies against one bogey on back nine.

With play having been delayed due to heavy overnight rain, play was delayed by one hour in the morning. Though the weather  was clear and sunny day, the delay meant the first round could not be completed and some players will come on Friday morning to complete the round.

It was an excellent opening day for Wolf, who only had one bogey on her scorecard alongside eight birdies for her round of 65. Playing alongside Manon (De Roey) and Ursula (Wikstrom) we didn’t play a hole without one birdie for the first eight or nine holes, so we were pushing each other which was really nice,” said Wolf, who stays just a three-hour drive from the venue.

Four-time LET winner Grant, who won the Skaftö Open a couple of weeks ago, dropped her only shot of the day at the 10th and had an excellent finish with four birdies in her final four holes to also be on seven-under-par.

Four players are in a tie for third place on five-under-par with Drall, Germany’s Luisa Dittrich, Finland’s Karina Kukkonen and England’s Rosie Davies shooting rounds of 68.

It was also a fantastic finish for Davies, who rolled in all of her birdies on the back nine for a bogey-free round.

One shot further back on four-under are nine players including French duo Anne-Lise Caudal and Charlotte Liautier alongside Wales’ Becky Morgan, Scotland’s Kylie Henry, Eswatini’s Nobuhle Dlamini, Germany’s Alexandra Försterling, Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom, England’s Liz Young and Italy’s Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso.

The LET will be holding a two-minute silence at the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open on Friday at 2.20pm local time following the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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