Vani Kapoor becomes first Indian to grab Australian LPGA cardVani Kapoor finished tied-12th in the first-ever Australian LPGA Qualifying Tournament to earn playing rights for the Australian Ladies PGA Tour.advertisement Press Trust of India BallaratFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 22:51 IST Vani Kapoor finished at two-over 218 at the Australian LPGA Qualifying Tournament (Photo tweeted by @vanikapoorgolf)HIGHLIGHTSVani Kapoor became the first Indian to earn a card for the Australian Ladies PGA TourVani Kapoor finished tied-12th in the first-ever Australian LPGA Qualifying TournamentVani has also qualified for Vic Open, co-sanctioned by the Australian LPGA and the US LPGAVani Kapoor became the first Indian to earn a card for the Australian Ladies PGA Tour (LPGA) after coming through its first-ever Qualifying Tournament at the Ballarat Golf Club in Ballarat, Australia.Vani shot rounds of 71, 78 and 69 to finish at two-over 218 and was tied-12th with three others. The top-20 from a field of 81 earned playing rights on the Australian LPGA but there were many other benefits and spots available too.Other Indian girls in the Australian LPGA Qualifying were Diksha Dagar (tied-30th with round of 79-73-72); Astha Madan (tied-37th with cards of 75-78-73) and Ridhima Dilawari (tied-57th with cards of 76-79-76).Despite not making the card, Diksha, Astha and Ridhima could get into some of the Australian LPGA events, like the upcoming Ballarat Icons Australian LPGA Pro-Am, where Diksha and Astha will get a start in the two-day AUD 30,000 event over the weekend alongside Vani.Earlier, in the tense inaugural Australian LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Tsai Peiying of Taiwan emerged as the winner after shooting a final round of one-under par 71 to finish at nine-under par and ensure a five-shot victory over American Cheyenne Knight and Australian Tamie Durdin.With her Australian LPGA rights secure, Vani also came through a play-off to decide the final spot for the Vic Open, which is co-sanctioned by the Australian LPGA and the US LPGA.Vani won the spot on the third play-off hole with a clutch five-foot putt. The Vic Open will thus be Vani’s LPGA debut.advertisementHer finish also ensures Vani starts in three Ladies European Tour events to be played in Australia in February-March.The leading 15 players gained exemptions into the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville (Feb 21-24), the ActewAGL Canberra Classic (Mar 1-3) and the Women’s NSW Open (Mar 7-10), all co-sanctioned by the LET.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Vani Kapoor Next
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was modestly higher Monday as mining stocks continued to find lift from strong Chinese manufacturing data that came out last week.Traders also looked to another piece of economic data that kept speculation going over whether the U.S. Federal Reserve thinks the economy is strong enough to start backing off on some of its economic stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 41.93 points to 12,804.23 after the U.S. Commerce Department reported that durable goods orders fell by a much greater than expected 7.3% in July. Economists had expected a drop of almost 4%. The showing followed a 3.9% rise in June, thanks in part to strong airplane orders.Data released Friday had showed a drop in new home sales, raising questions about the strength of the recovery in the U.S. housing market. That led to speculation that the Fed might stick with its current monetary stimulus or only reduce it very gradually.The Canadian dollar was down 0.09 of a cent at 95.14 cents US, well off early lows as the greenback weakened somewhat after the durable goods data.The U.S. dollar has advanced amid growing conviction that the Federal Reserve will start cutting back on its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases, a move that has kept long-term rates low and supported a strong rally on many stock markets this year.U.S. indexes were slightly higher with the Dow Jones industrials up 8.98 points to 15,019.49, the Nasdaq gaining 10.38 points to 3,668.18 and the S&P 500 index rising 2.52 points to 1,666.02.On the commodity markets, the base metals sector advanced 0.7% while September copper rose two cents to US$3.37 a pound. Thomson Creek Metals Co. (TSX:TCM) gained six cents to C$1.52 while Turquoise Hills Resources (TSX:TRQ) was up eight cents at $5.59.The gold sector was ahead 0.6% as December gold declined $1.40 to US$1,394.80 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) gained 17 cents to C$7.23.The energy sector rose 0.3% as oil prices were slightly higher with the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 11 cents at US$106.53. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) climbed 37 cents to US$36.43.Outside the resource components, financials also lifted the TSX as traders look to the release of earnings from almost all the big Canadian banks this week.Elsewhere in the sector, TD Bank Group (TSX:TD) says it is continuing talks with Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM) in connection with a possible acquisition of part of the existing CIBC Aeroplan credit card portfolio.Onex Corp. (TSX:OCX) and a private equity affiliate are selling their combined 60% stake in TMS International Corp. (NYSE:TMS) for US$410 million. TMS International Corp., through its subsidiaries including Tube City IMS, is the largest provider of outsourced industrial services to steel mills in North America as well as a substantial international presence. Onex shares gained eight cents to C$51.93.The TSX finished last week with a modest rise as increases in financials and industrials were balanced by further deteriorations in interest-sensitive stocks such as utilities and telecom.Those sectors have been under selling pressure while bond yields have risen since May when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned that the central bank could start to taper its asset purchases.The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury has surged about 120 basis points since May to as high as 2.94% last week, although yields have retraced some of that run-up. On Monday, the yield for the 10-year Treasury stood at 2.82%.Later in the week, traders will look to the latest growth figures from Canada and the U.S. along with earnings from most of Canada’s big banks.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) and Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) post results Tuesday while CIBC (TSX:CM), TD Bank (TSX:TD) and Royal Bank (TSXL:RY) report on Thursday.On Friday, Statistics Canada releases figures for gross domestic product growth in June and the second quarter. Economists expect the data to show GDP contracted 0.5% during the month, in part because of severe flooding in Alberta and a construction sector strike in Quebec.Stronger growth data is expected from the U.S. The second reading on second-quarter GDP growth comes out on Thursday and economists expect the data to show the economy advanced about 2% in the second quarter, up from the original reading of 1.7%.European bourses were mixed with Frankfurt’s DAX up 0.04% and the Paris CAC 40 was down 0.18%. London markets were closed for a holiday.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.7% while Japan’s Nikkei 225 retreated by 0.2%. Benchmarks in mainland China, India, Taiwan, New Zealand and Thailand also rose.