Kolkata: There’s no stopping golfer Aditi Ashok. She might have missed out on a medal in the Rio Olympics, but it hasn’t perturbed her by any means. And now Aditi adds one more feather to her cap by winning the first edition of the Qatar Ladies Open on Saturday. She had earlier won the Indian Open.
According to reports, Aditi (18) shot three-under 69 in the final round to win the trophy at Doha. “It’s been a great few weeks. I won my home event in the Indian Open, which was my first win. To win back to back events feels really good,” she was quoted by PTI.
Aditi gathered 15-under-par in the Qatar Open and beat Lydia Hall and Caroline Hedwall by three strokes. “It was really difficult at the start because of the rain. Then we stopped for more than an hour and a half and when we got back it was really windy, so that was difficult, but I guess it was the same for everybody. I was trying to hit greens and make pars,” the girl from Bengaluru added.
“I think I was playing well through the front nine and got a couple of birdies on seven and eight. After that, I created quite a few chances on the par-5 ninth and tenth. Then, I was short on 14. I did create enough birdie chances but I wasn’t making any. Finally I was able to birdie 16. My goal was to be error free and I made a bogey on 17 but I played consistently well for the most part and made a birdie on 18,” she said.
Aditi mentions that the Indian Open triumph would be special. “The first win was special, because I won in India, but I felt I played really well here and had to play well every day and shoot sub-par rounds. I think my game was better this week and obviously to win in the Qatar, the golf course is the same as the men’s, so I know it’s challenging and to win here feels good,” said the golfer who turned professional this year. It’s indeed a great day for Indian sports with shuttlers PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma making it to the finals of the Honk Kong Open and Aditi bringing laurels to the country in Doha.