Bombay, India: Aditi Ashok will be aiming to underline her standing as one of Asia’s brightest female golfing prospects when she lines up in this week’s Faldo Series India Girls’ Championship.
The only Indian golfer (male or female) to have represented her country in the Asian Youth Games, Youth Olympic Games and Asian Games, the 16-year-old is already being widely tipped as a star of the future.
In the present, however, her focus is on securing a starting spot in the ninth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, an R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills Shenzhen next March.
In excellent recent form, Ashok is certain to set out as favourite in the 54-hole stroke play event at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club from December 10-12, the 15th leg of the record-breaking 2014-15 Faldo Series Asia.
Twice previously, Ashok has qualified for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, finishing 14th in the Girls’ Under-16 category in 2012 with a three-day total of 244. In 2013, when aged 15, she improved her score by no fewer than 16 strokes, ending joint sixth.
Despite her track record, Ashok, who names Sir Nick as one of the people who has helped to shape her career to date, will need to be at her best to succeed this week.
Among those also expected in the 65-strong field are four of her national squad team-mates – Ridhima Dilawari, Gaurika Bishnoi, Seher Atwal and Vrishali Sinha.
Like Ashok, Dilawari, Bishnoi and Atwal are all 16 while Sinha is 17. Along with Ashok they all feature in the top-five of the Indian Junior Girls’ Order of Merit.
Six-time Major champion Sir Nick, Britain’s most successful golfer, said: “We’ve seen some outstanding Indian boys enjoy success in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in recent years with Rashid Khan and Abhijit Chadha both claiming victory.
“Perhaps we’ll see an Indian girl emerge triumphant at the ninth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final. That would be wonderful.”
Supported by The R&A, ISPS and Mission Hills and endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the 2014-15 Faldo Series Asia campaign stretches over 11 months and is made up of a minimum of 20 championships.
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