India's teenage rising star Aditi Ashok claimed her second victory in as many weeks as she won the first ever women's professional golf tournament in the country, the Qatar Ladies open. The tournament was part of the Ladies European Tour's new Middle East Series, incorporating events in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Ashok, the 18-year-old rookie professional from Bangalore shot a final round of three-under-par 69 on a weather-disrupted last day at Doha Golf Club for a total of 15-under-par and a three stroke win over Lydia Hall and Caroline Hedwall.
“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,” said Aditi, the LET’s leading rookie professional.
She started the final round tied for the lead with Nanna Koerstz Madsen but quickly gained a one stroke advantage when the Dane birdied the second hole, maintaining her lead as play was suspended at 12.09pm due to thunder and lightning on the course.
After a pair of birdies from Ashok, followed by a double-bogey from Madsen on the ninth, the young Indian talent had reached 14-under with a three stroke cushion through the turn.