Kolkata: Bangalore golfer Sharmila Nicollet took an early lead after the first round of the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour Leg 1 being played at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club here on Wednesday.
On a day when all golfers struggled to score in windy conditions, Sharmila took the lead with a steady four over 76. Nikki Ponappa finished second after day one with a not so impressive seven over 79. Veteran golfer Smriti Mehra and Ankita Tiwana are joint third with identical scores of eight over 80 at the end of the first day's play.
Sharmila, who is coming back after a nagging injury in 2013, got off to a bad start with three bogies in the first three holes. She steadied herself thereafter and had two birdies on the eighth and 14th holes. Three more bogies in the back nine meant she had to settle for an over par score after day one.