Amandeep Kaur is the top Indian in Thailand for the Simone Asia-Pacific Cup.


Amandeep Kaur, an Indian golfer, carded an even par 72 on the opening day of the inaugural Simone Asia Pacific Cup at the Pondok Indah Golf Course in this city on Thursday. She started with a bogey but concluded with a birdie. Amandeep, who is paired with Vani Kapoor (78), was placed T-10 overall. Amandeep and Vani are tied for T-12th in the USD 750,000 event's team standings with a six-over par.



Diksha Dagar (74) and Gaurika Bishnoi (77), the other two Indian competitors, are tied for 14th place at seven over. Diksha is ranked T-18, Gaurika is T-30, and Vani is T-32 in the individual standings. Amandeep and Vani have been paired up while Diksha and Gaurika are on India's two teams.


So Yeon Ryu, a seasoned competitor from South Korea, blasted a seven-under-par 65 to take a one-shot lead. Ryu, 32, shot a round with no bogeys and seven birdies. The highest-ranked player in the tournament, Lydia Ko of New Zealand, a former world No. 1 and current No. 4, had an outstanding birdie-eagle finish for a bogey-free 66 to tie Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines for second place.


The Philippines (Princess and Pauline Rosario) and Japan 2, made up of Kokona Sakurai (70) and Maria Shinohara (71), were three-under and joint second nine strokes behind the leaders. Korea's Team 2 with Ryu and Bo Mee Lee (67) topped the team standings with -12. Momoka Kobori and Lydia Ko finished fourth at two over. Amandeep finished with three birdies to three bogeys overall, while Diksha, the second-best Indian at T-18, appeared to be playing well up until the 16th hole, when she was even par for the round. She subsequently missed the fairway on the Par-3 17th and the Par-5 18th, finishing two over.


Vani opened the day with a birdie but fell following, while Gaurika started the day with a double bogey and had no birdies but lost strokes on three more holes for a 77. She finished with two over after making bogeys on the fifth and eighth holes. She had four more bogeys on the back nine to finish with a six-over 78.


Another South Korean, Bo Mee Lee, finished the first day in sole possession of fourth position, two off the lead after exchanging five birdies against a single bogey on the par-three fifth, while Ryu, Lydia, and Princess stood out. Patcharajutar Kongkraphan of Thailand, who won the 2012 Indonesian Ladies Open, had a strong start as well. She carded a 70 to tie for fifth place with Kokona Sakurai of Japan. Hyo Joo Kim, the eighth-ranked player in the world, tied for 10th place with a total of 72 after his opening round.


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