Aditi Ashok

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Aditi Ashok
Aditi Ashok.jpg
Ashok in 2015
Personal information
Born (1998-03-29) 29 March 1998 (age 21)
Bangalore, India
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Nationality India
ResidenceBangalore, India
Career
Turned professional2016
Current tour(s)Ladies European Tour
LPGA Tour
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
Ladies European Tour3
Other2
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationT42: 2017
Women's PGA C'shipT29: 2017
U.S. Women's OpenT39: 2019
Women's British OpenT22: 2018
Evian Championship69th: 2019
Achievements and awards
LET Rookie of the Year2016

Aditi Ashok (born 29 March 1998) is an Indian professional golfer who took part in the 2016 Summer Olympics[1] and plays on the Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour.

Career[edit]

Ashok became the youngest and first Indian to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School and secured her Ladies European Tour card for the 2016 season.[2] This win also made her the youngest winner of a Q School for an international tour.[3] Aditi is the first and the only Indian golfer who played the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Olympic Games (2016).

Ashok won the 2016 Hero Women's Indian Open with a score of 3-under-par 213, and in the process became the first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour title.[4][5] In a country normally focused on cricket, her win garnered outsized attention for the sport of golf. Her win made the front page of the country's largest newspaper, the Times of India and she was featured nationally on television.[6] She picked up a second win two weeks later at the Qatar Ladies Open and finished the season second on the Order of Merit. She won the Rookie of the Year award.[7] She also gained a LPGA Tour card for 2017 via the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

In 2017, Ashok became the first LPGA player from India, and finished eighth in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings.

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 (formerly Volunteers of America LPGA North Dallas Classic) and tied her career-low score of 64 at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. She ended the year with the second-lowest putting average on the LPGA.[8]

In 2019, Ashok made 13 cut out of 22 LPGA Tour events, with best season finish of T13 at CP Women's Open. She ended the year with back-to-back second-place finishes on the Ladies European Tour.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Aditi was born on 29 March 1998 in the city of Bangalore.[6] She studied at The Frank Anthony Public School in Bangalore and graduated in 2016.[10] When she started playing golf at the age of 5, there were only three golf courses in Bangalore. When she expressed an interest, her father took her to the Karnataka Golf Association driving range. Her father, Ashok Gudlamani, is now her caddie.[11][12]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 2011 USHA Karnataka Junior, Southern India Junior, Faldo Series Asia - India, East India Tolly Ladies, All India Championship
  • 2012 USHA Delhi Ladies, USHA Army Championship, All India Junior
  • 2013 Asia Pacific Junior Championship
  • 2014 Eastern India Ladies Amateur, USHA IGU All India Ladies & Girls Championship
  • 2015 Army Ladies & Junior Championship, St Rule Trophy, Southern India Ladies & Junior Girls Championship, Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Thailand Amateur Open

Source:[13]

Professional wins (5)[edit]

Ladies European Tour wins (3)[edit]

Other wins[edit]

  • 2011 Hero Professional Tour Leg 1, Hero Professional Tour Leg 3 (both as an amateur)[13]

Team appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anirban Lahiri, SSP Chawrasia, Aditi Ashok to fly Indian flag in golf at Rio Olympics". The Indian Express. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ "India's Aditi Ashok becomes youngest ever LET Tour School winner". Sky Sports. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Aditi Ashok looking to qualify for Rio Olympics". Times of India. 26 December 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Aditi Ashok makes history by winning the Women's Indian Open". ESPN. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Aditi Ashok wins in Abu Dhabi for her third Ladies European Tour title". The Indian Express. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b Mell, Randall (28 November 2016). "India's Ashok riding the wave of stardom". Golf Channel.
  7. ^ "Aditi Ashok named Rookie of the Year". Ladies European Tour. 10 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Aditi Ashok – Bio". LPGA. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Aditi Ashok finish Second at Ladies European tour". Sportstalk24. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Meet Aditi Ashok, India's future in women's golf". The Hindu. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Olympics 2016: 5 Things To Know About Indian Golfer Aditi Ashok". Golf.com. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Know Your Indian Olympian: 10 things to know about Aditi Ashok". Yahoo News. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  13. ^ a b c "Aditi Ashok". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 26 July 2016.

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