GURGAON: Some of the home-grown ladies professionals will be keen to make an impression when the $120,000 DLF women’s Indian Open tees off at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Wednesday.

The second edition of the premier 54-hole competition, with an increased prize-money of $20,000, has attracted four regulars from the Ladies European Tour — Jenni Kuosa (Finland) and Britain’s Fame More, Danielle Montgomery and Kiran Matharu.

In addition, Brazil’s Iida Maria Priscila, China’s Yan Pan Pan and India’s Smriti Mehra and Irina Brar — who were part of the World Cup field last month — will be on view.

In all, a maximum of 120 professionals and 12 amateurs will form the field. The ‘cut’, after two rounds, will leave the top-50 and ties to battle it out in the money round.

Watch out for Smriti

Giving details of the event, the Secretary General of the Women’s Golf Association of India, Champika Sayal, said on Monday: “Portugal’s Celeste Troche, winner of the 2007 World Cup team event, had to cancel out just yesterday (Sunday). Smriti will be the one to watch this week.”

Professionals from China, Finland, Britain, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam and India will form the field in what is a sought-after event in the continent. The winner will be richer by $18,000, while the 50th placed golfer stands to gain $600. — Special Correspondent

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