Rookie Indian golfer Aditi Ashok scripts history

Updated: Nov 14, 2016, 10:10 IST | V Krishnaswamy |

Rookie golfer becomes first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour title; 18-year-old Olympian shoots an even par-72 in the final round at Gurgaon

India's Aditi Ashok  with the Women's Indian Open Golf trophy in Gurgaon yesterday. Pic/PTI
India's Aditi Ashok with the Women's Indian Open Golf trophy in Gurgaon yesterday. Pic/PTI

Gurgaon: After many an Indian woman knocking on the doors of the Hero Women's Indian Open golf over the past 10 years, 18-year-old Rookie Aditi Ashok finally opened and door and entered the pages of Indian golfing history, by becoming the first Indian woman to win a title on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

Aditi (72) totaled three-under 213, while Belen Mozo (71) of Spain and American Brittany Lincicome (69) were tied second at two-under 214 and Thai Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul (71) was fourth at one-under 215.

"Winning a title in my Rookie Year, was my goal, but to be able to do that in my home Open, the Hero Women's Indian Open, is indeed as good as it gets," said Aditi, who despite historic win, kept her composure just as she did while nailing the four-foot birdie on the final hole to wrest the Trophy at the Gary Player layout at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon.

"Over the years I have always stood on the other side as the Trophy was being presented and always wondered what it would be like to actually won it," she said after she got the glittering Trophy from Mr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, CEO, Managing Director of Hero Motocorp.

Asked for her first reactions, Aditi added: "It feels good, because I was playing well all year but I was never able to get all my good rounds together."

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