Diksha Dagar takes early lead after impressive first round


Diksha Dagar fired an opening round of 65 (-7) to set the pace on the first day of the Women’s Irish Open at Dromoland Castle. The two-time LET winner was bogey-free on day one of the competition as she began her round on the 10th tee. Indian American Gurleen Kaur and France’s Emma Grechi sit in a tie for second place on six-under-par at Dromoland Castle. The other Indians had mixed luck. Ridhima Dilawari shot even par 72 and was T-47 and was the second-best Indian after Diksha. Vani Kapoor and Tvesa Malik, shot 73 each and were T-64. Amandeep Drall shot 3-over 75 and was T-99. Dagar rolled in back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 before doing it again on holes 15 and 16 and she made three further birdies on holes two, five and nine to lead on seven-under-par. Gurleen Kaur, whose parents were born in India, is in her rookie season on the LET, had only one dropped shot on her scorecard and rolled in seven birdies for her round of 66. Grechi, with her sister on the bag, began her day on the 10th tee and had a bogey on the 14th but bounced back with an eagle on the next hole. The Frenchwoman then produced back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18