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2nd consecutive title for Vani

Calcutta: Young Vani Kapoor, in sizzling form at present, won her second consecutive title in the second leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour, here, at the Tollygunge Club, on Thursday.

The Delhi golfer, capitalising on her overnight lead, returned with a total score of 213 (70,72,71) to consolidate her position at the top of the money list for 2014. Trailing Vani by seven shots was veteran golfer Smriti Mehra, who finished as the runners-up, carding a total of 220 (75,74,71) after the final round’s play.

Pune’s Shweta Galande (76, 74, 72), Vaishavi Sinha (74, 76, 72) from Noida and local girl Neha Tripathi (74, 77, 71) finished tied third with identical scores of 222 after 54 holes.

Vani, carding one-over 71 in the final round, had two bogeys on the fifth and 12th holes and a double bogey on the 10th. She also carded three birdies on the sixth, 11th and 13th holes.

“This is my seventh title in the professional circuit… Just want to keep getting better and better,” an elated Vani said later.

For the 20-year-old, it was the lead she had taken since Day I of the competition that made things easier for her. “Since the first day itself, I had taken a sizeable lead, stretching it to seven shots thereafter.

“It helped me maintain a good distance from my closest competitors. So, the pressure involved with sustaining the lead wasn’t quite there,” Vani explained.

The surface at the Tollygunge Club, too, suited her very much.

“The surface, here, is flat and soft compared to the other courses, where the awkward bounce makes our task tougher. It’s much easier when the bounce is not uneven,” she pointed out.

For the moment, Vani sets her sights on the third leg of the competition in Mumbai, starting from February 19.