Golf: Aditi T-29 at Saudi International; Diksha and Tvesa trail behind

Indian golfer Aditi Ashok faltered on the back-nine and slipped to the Tied-29th position in the individual standings after the second round of the Saudi Ladies Team International.

Aditi, who shot one-under 71 in the first round, added a three-over 75 and was individually two-over 146 in the unique tournament that is also being played as a team event.

As for the other Indians, Diksha Dagar added a 78 to her first-round 71 and lay T-50th, while Tvesa Malik (74-76) was T-64th. Astha Madan (80-81) was T-108.

Aditi had two birdies against three bogeys, two of them on the back-nine, and a double bogey in her round. She could not find any birdies on the back-nine.

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Spain’s Luna Sobron Galmes (69-65) made a sensational move to the top of the individual standings with a course-record equalling seven-under 65 to take a one-shot lead over Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen (69-66).

The 26-year-old Luna is in search of her maiden LET title and her 65 included a hole-out eagle on the par four 17th. She is 10-under.

Pedersen, looking for a Saudi double after winning last week, is nine-under.

Pedersen managed to spearhead her team, which includes Scotland’s Michele Thomson and South Africa’s Casandra Hall, to a two-shot lead at 27-under from Team Nututinen in the team format.

Georgia Hall (75-65), who lost a play-off last week, also shot 65 and is T-6th, one behind fellow Englishwoman Charley Hull, who signed for a round of 69 to sit in solo fifth.

The tournament has a very innovative team format, though the individual pros will also be vying for substantial purse.

It is being played over 54-holes with USD 500,000 up for grabs USD 300,000 for the team and USD 200,000 for the individual.

The players and amateurs make up 37 teams.

The teams were selected via a draft system and they compete in a team of four pro-am format with the “best two scores to count”.

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