Carrying India’s Golf Hopes on her shoulder: 20-year-old Aditi Ashok
Golf is a budding sport in India, particularly for women. Long considered as the pastime of middle aged rich men, the attitudes of people towards the game are slowly changing. And at the helm of this change is a young Indian golfer- Aditi Ashok.
The 20-year-old Aditi started playing at the age of 5, encouraged by her father Pandit Gudlamani Ashok. It took her only a few years to master her game and win laurels around the globe. It was in 2011 that she came into prominence by winning the All India Championship at the age of 13. Recently, she broke into the Top 100 of the Ladies Professional Golf Association rankings. “I’ve always wanted to be a professional because I just love playing golf. It’s been my dream ever since I was a kids so it’s great to make the first step in getting there. I’m really happy.” Said the ecstatic Ashok.
We look at some of her finest achievements in her short career:
- Represented India in Women’s golf at the 2016 Rio Olympics and was placed 41st at the end of the competition
- Won the 2013 Asia Pacific Junior Championship
- 2016 Rookie of the Year award by the Ladies European Tour
- Won the 2016 Hero Women’s Indian Open, Qatar Ladies Open
- Won the 2017 Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open