Aditi Ashok: The prodigy who changed the perception of Golf in India
Aditi Ashok is an India Professional Golfer. Born on 29th March 1998, she started playing golf at the age of 5. In 2016, she became the youngest and first Indian to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School, and doing so, she secured her Ladies European Tour card for the season. Also, the teenage sensation is the only Indian golfer to the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Olympic Games (2016).
In 2016, she won the Hero Women’s India Open and, in the process, became the first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour Title. With such an accomplishment, she single-handedly garnered the Cricket centric country’s attention towards golf. Two weeks later, she won the Qatar Ladies Open and finished the season second on the Order of Merit. In the same year, the prodigy won the Rookie of the Year award.
There was no stopping for the youngster. In 2017, she became the first LPGA player from India and finished eighth in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings. Moreover, in 2018, she made 17 cuts at 24 events with two top 10 finishes. She recorded a career-best T6 result at the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic and tied her career-low score of 64 at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
In 2019, she made 13 cut out to 22 LPGA tour events with her best performance of T13 at CP Women’s Open. She ended the year on a positive note with back to back second-place finishes on Ladies European Tour.
At the age of just 18 years, she made her first appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics and led the second round for a brief period. She was the only woman golfer from India who transformed the perception of women’s golf in India.
The IGF froze the ranking list on 15 March this year. Currently, Aditi sits well inside the top 60(38th) on the International Golf Federation’s ranking for the Tokyo Olympics. However, due to the postponement of the Olympics, athletes will now accumulate Olympic Golf Rankings through a period ending on June 28, 2021, for women. The Olympic field is restricted to 60 players for both men and women. The top 15 world-ranked players will be eligible with a limit of 4 players from each country.
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