Aditi Ashok becomes first Indian to win Ladies British Amateur
India's Aditi Ashok made history when she became the first from the country to win the Ladies British Amateur stroke play golf championship at the Moortown Golf Club here.
Leeds: India's Aditi Ashok made history when she became the first from the country to win the Ladies British Amateur stroke play golf championship at the Moortown Golf Club here.
The Indian Golf Union's ladies amateur order of merit, Aditi shot four days total of 11-under 285 (71,73,70,71) at the par 74 Moortown Golf Club.
The 17-year-old Bangalore girl, who had earlier won the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews in July this year and finished second in the 2015 European Women's Amateur Championship, also claimed the overall title called 'The Nicholls Trophy' as well as the 'Dinwiddy Trophy' given for the lowest score by an U-18 player.
Getting into the final round with a four-stroke lead, the 12th grader from The Frank Anthony Public School, Bengaluru carded five birdies and four bogeys in halves of 37-34 and made one eagle on 16th on the final day.
Currently 52nd in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, Aditi beat 39 players from around 30 countries including the 2015 Scottish Open Amateur Strokeplay winner Olivia Mehaffey of Ireland, who also took the second spot at six-under 290.
"I played consistently over all four days which was the key for me. Though I could have scored better on many holes, I am pleased with an 11-under finish," said an overwhelmed Aditi, who is also the youngest Ladies British Amateur Stroke Play Championship winner.
Citymate Anirban Lahiri who closely follows Aditi's performances was delighted with her victory.
"It's fantastic to see Aditi go from strength to strength. Great to see her performing internationally. Hope she can carry on and do well at the highest levels. I wish her all the luck and success," said Lahiri, who recently finished tied fifth at the PGA championship in USA, the highest by an Indian in a Major.