Sunday, September 26, 2021

Aditi Ashok: Eye on the medal

She competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and started the campaign with a superb start but ended the competition at 41st position. And in Tokyo, the world 200 ranked Aditi is in the hunt for a medal and will create history if she bags a historical medal for India in Golf.

Indian Golfer Aditi Ashok continued her stellar performance on Day 3 of the Women’s Individual Golf event. The young golfer is ranked second among 60 players after round 3 and is just behind World no. 1 Nelly Korda. Aditi Ashok is considered a trailblazer for women’s golf in India as she has the tag of being the first female Indian golfer at the Olympics.

She competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and started the campaign with a superb start but ended the competition at 41st position. And in Tokyo, the world 200 ranked Aditi is in the hunt for a medal and will create history if she bags a historical medal for India in Golf.

A dazzling play in the first three rounds

In the first round, when Aditi finished second, several sports pundits were saying that it is too early to say anything. But Aditi’s exceptional play in the second and third rounds showed that Aditi means business in Tokyo. And she is currently in medal contention in the final round (4th round) on 7 Aug.

Aditi Ashok so far has had rounds of 67, 66, 68 for a total 12-under par and has a two-stroke lead compared to third-placed golfers. On all three days, Aditi maintained the second position with some brilliant pars and birdies. A player who succeeds in hitting the ball into the hole with an exact number of strokes on the course is said to have achieved par. And if one does it with one stroke less is called a birdie (good).

Aditi scored five birdies each in all three rounds with 12, 13, and 11 pars respectively. The Indian golfer is three-point behind USA’s Nelly Korda as she stands at 201 points and Aditi has 198 points.

The lush green golf course forced Aditi to take Golf

Aditi was born in a middle-class family in Bengaluru. At the age of five, Aditi was attracted to the sports when she first noticed the lush-green course at the Karnataka Golf Association. Once she accompanied her father to the course and then there was no looking back for Aditi.

Juggling her studies at Bengaluru’s renowned Frank Anthony Public School and her passion for the sport, the Indian golfer started regularly practicing at the course and played at local tournaments. As a 13 year old, the Karnataka Junior and South Indian Junior Championships were Aditi Ashok’s first state-level trophies in 2011. She also went on to win the National Amateur title that year.

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