Seher Atwal emerged victories yet again at the Poona Club Golf Course, but not before surviving a stressful final round in the opening leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour 2023. She carded a none-too-happy 5-over 77 but it sufficed for a win. This was her third win in three years.
Seher, who lead by two after 36 holes, had three bogeys against one birdie in the first six holes. She steadied herself with eight pars in a row and seemed well placed to win the title despite Ridhima Dilawari's birdies on the 13th and 14th. Then came a scare for Seher, who bogeyed the 15th, 16th and 17th and that just left her ahead of Ridhima.
Ridhima could have forced a play-off with a birdie but failed to get it as Seher played out for a safe par on the Par-5 18th.
Despite the tension, it was a great start to the New Year for Seher, who hopes to play a lot more on the Ladies European Tour this year beginning with the Magical Kenya Open early next month. The win also meant an early lead in the Hero Order of Merit, where she was second in 2022.
Ridhima , who had five birdies, was second. She also gave away two doubles and three other bogeys in her round.
Gauri Karhade  had the day's best score but ended third at 10-over 223 while Neha Tripathi  was fourth at 224. Amateur Vidhatri Urs  and Sneha Singh  were tied for fifth, while another amateur Lavanya Jadon  was seventh.
Amateur Nishna Patel  and Saaniya Sharma  were tied for eighth and Khushi Khanijau  completed the top 10.
The early leaders in the week, Nayanika Sanga  and Shagun Narain  had forgettable final round and finished tied for 11th .