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Vani Kapoor makes a solid start at Vic Open on LPGA

Ballarat : India’s Vani Kapoor Thursday produced a solid two-under 71 on her LPGA debut at the ISPS Handa Vic Open, which is co-sanctioned by Australian LPGA and US LPGA.

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Vani, who came through the qualifiers and a play-off to get a berth into the tournament that is being played simultaneously with the men’s event with equal prize purse, shot 71 with birdies on second, fifth and 13th to lie tied 37th.

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The only blemish in her card was a bogey on ninth at the Par-73 Creek Course.

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With three Indians figuring in an LPGA Tournament for the first time ever, Aditi Ashok (73) at the Par-72 Beach Course was T-108th and Diksha Dagar had six-over 78 on the Beach Course.

England’s Felicity Johnson, twice an Australian PGA pro-am winner in regional Victoria in recent weeks, brought home a bogey-free course-record 64 on the Creek Course.

She hit 17 greens in regulation, birdied three of the par-5s and had a lot of gimme birdies.

Her score late in the day eclipsed long-time leader Su Oh, while Canadian Anne-Catherine Tanguay and American Kim Kaufman later joined the Melburnian at six under par.

Oh was the instigator of the low scores with a spectacular hole-in-one with a six-iron from 149m on the Creek Course 15th hole, the sixth of her round of 67.

Of the pre-tournament favourites, Georgia Hall finished at three under, while Minjee Lee was at one under, both on the Creek Course.

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8/2/2019

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