India’s trio of Avani Prashant, Smriti Bhargav and Nishna Patel made a humble start to the 29th World Women’s Amateur Tag Team Championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy here on Thursday.
Avani (75) and Smriti (73) had the two best scores among the three as India tied for 24th with a one-day tally of 148.
The American duo of Rachel Heck and Rose Zhang shot 68 and 69 respectively as the United States took a one shot lead over Germany.
The United States won the Espirinto Santo Trophy in 2018 and are in contention to become the second country to win the title in a row since Korea Republic did so in 2010 and 2012.
Heck and Zhang, who were also teammates on the victorious USA Curtis team earlier this summer, totaled 5-under 137. Heck’s 3-under 68 included four birdies, including three in his final eight holes, in addition to a bogey.
Zhang is also a three-time Mark H. McCormack Medalist as the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Rachel Kuehn, another member of the USA Curtis Cup team, gave the Americans a third under-par score at 1-under 70, but that didn’t count.
Germany brought up a pair of 2-under 69s from Alexandra Forsterling and Helen Briem to post a 4-under total of 138.
Poland had their best day in their competitive history as Kinga Ksumierksa shot a 70 and Dorota Zalewska shot 71 to propel the team to a T3 finish at 3 under par with South Africa and Switzerland.