Avani Prashanth shoots day best score, rises to second place in Australia

Avani Prashanth twice ran up a hat-trick of birdies as she carded the day’s best score to shoot 5-under 68 in the second round and rise to the second place on the leaderboard at the Australian Masters of Amateurs. Avani (71-68), who dropped four shots late in the first round, had seven birdies against two bogeys in the second round and she is now 7-under for 36 holes and just one stroke behind the leader, Japan’s Nika Ito (68-70) at the Par-73 South Golf Club in Melbourne.

Avani, ranked 50th in World amateur rankings, has one more round to go to make a bid for one of the most prestigious amateur titles in the region. She birdied third, fourth and fifth and then birdied 10th, 11th and 12th and at that stage she was 6-under for the day, just as she was on the first day. Then she dropped shots on 13th and 18th but in between had a birdie on 17th, which she had bogeyed on Day 1.

Miko had four birdies and one bogey in her round of 3-under 70.

India’s other players were once again off-form as Heena Kang (83=85) was 69th among women.

In the men’s section, Rohit Narwal (76-70) improved his showing and rose to T-52 up from overnight T-79. Sandeep Yadav (84-74) improved by 10 shots on his first round but was still 95th.

Max Moring of Australia (67-67) was tied for the top spot with Zackary Swanwick (67-67) at 10-under each, while Australia’s Siddharth Nadimpalli (69-67) was third at 8-under total.

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