Indian golfers Vani Kapoor and Aditi Ashok scored two-over 71 and three-over 72 respectively to be tied 18th and tied 26th after the first round of the Didriksons Skafto Open in Fiskebackskil, Sweden. Swedish amateur golfer Beatrice Wallin is leading the field with Argentine golfer Magdalena Simmermacher after both players shot an opening round of 67.
The 22-year-old women golfer had a good advantage due to familiar surroundings in Skafto. She kept her composure despite gusty conditions to keep leading the table after all eighteen holes were played in the opening round. Hedwall has positioned herself with fellow golfer Linda Wessberg, Annelie Sjoholm and amateur Ingrid Lindblad. England’s Gemma Clews and French starlet Pauline Roussin Bouchard were also in the mix with the top eight players separated by a single shot as they head into the weekend.
Aditi Ashok had a disappointing British Open where finished tied-61, slipping from overnight tied-58 where she was carding 1-under in Round 1. Ashok had a fantastic Olympics campaign, though, with a 4th place position after being in contention for silver throughout the tournament.
On the men’s side, India’s golfer Shubhankar Sharma scored a second consecutive two-under 68 to make it at the Omega European Masters. SSP Chawrasia missed the action with identical scores of 71-71. Sharma, coming off two good starts, had four birdies against two bogeys around the turn to get to 4-under and was tied 22nd at the halfway stage. Sharma was T-9 at the Kazoo Classic, hit a bogey at the 11th hole but shot birdies on the 14th and 18th hole to turn in 1-under. On his second nine, he birdied his first and second hole but dropped a late bogey on the eighth.