Jahanvi holds nerve to seal second consecutive win

Showing maturity beyond her years, Jahanvi Bakshi notched her second consecutive win on the HWPGT.
Showing maturity beyond her years, Jahanvi Bakshi notched her second consecutive win on the HWPGT.

Teen star Jahanvi Bakshi completed a superb back-to-back win as she rallied from a one-shot deficit to register her fourth success in 2021 by taking the 13th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Boulder Hills Golf & Country Club in Hyderabad.

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Seher Atwal, who shared the overnight lead with Amandeep Drall, needed a birdie on the 18th to get into a play-off with Jahanvi, but she managed a par as Jahanvi, who finished a group earlier, emerged winner.

Meanwhile Vani Kapoor, playing alongside Jahanvi, had a chance to go join the latter, but instead she bogeyed the par-5 18th and fell one behind.

Jahanvi (69) totalled 7-under 209, while Seher (71) was 6-under 210. Vani (70) and Amandeep (72) were tied third on the final day, which began with the promise of a thriller but in the end Jahanvi, despite her young age, kept her nerves and grabbed a memorable win.

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Pranavi Urs shot 70 and was sole fifth, while Jahanvi’s sister Hitaashee (73), who was level with her, had two bogeys on the back nine. That cost her a lot and she ended sixth.

Jahanvi, who began the week with an even par 72, had a 68 on the second day. In the final round, she birdied fifth and seventh, both of which were par 5s and turned in 2-under. On the back nine she dropped a shot on par 5 14th but made up on the next with a birdie on 15th. She parred the last three holes, including the 18th.

Seher, with a bogey on the second, dropped back but with birdies on fourth and ninth, turned in 1-under. On the back nine she bogeyed 12th but picked a shot on 14th. Needing a birdie on the challenging 18th, which did not yield a single birdie on the final day, Seher managed only a par and finished one shot behind Jahanvi.

Saaniya Sharma (74) was sole seventh, while Asmitha Sathish (73) and Khushi Khanijau (77) were Tied-8th. Rhea P Saravanan (74) completed the top 10.

Vani bogeyed the second and 18th and had four birdies in her 70, while top contender Amandeep began bogey-bogey to fall out of the lead. She picked a birdie on the third but dropped a shot on 13th before she had two more birdies on 14th and 15th. But it still left her two short of Jahanvi as Amandeep finished Tied-third.

Despite Jahanvi’s fourth win of the year, Amandeep maintained her place at the top of the Hero Order of Merit, which is combined for 2020 and 2021. Vani is second, while Jahanvi is third and Hitaashee is fourth. Seher is fifth.

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