One of the youngest players, Aditi Ashok (19) is making waves in the Golf arena. Aditi has levelled up and qualified for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA, thus becoming the first female from the country to play in the prestigious meet.

For the uninitiated, on August 17 last year, at the Rio Olympics, 18-year-old Aditi Ashok, the youngest in the fray, made history by being India’s only golfer at the Games. That was also the first time India was being represented in the women’s event in golf.

“Playing for my country at the Olympic Games is a matter of great honour and immense pride”

Aditi is a part of the eight rookies’ team who made it to the Tour Championships this year. This tour is considered as one of the strongest fields in women’s golf.

READ: Meet the only Indian woman golfer at the Olympics: Aditi Ashok talks to SheThePeople

The prodigy is rocking in the field, targeting a series of holes at one course of stroke as possible and has successfully secured the place by keeping her LPGA card for 2018 after a sterling rookie season.

While speaking exclusively with SheThePeople.TV just before taking off for the Olympics, a confident Aditi had said, “To be playing for my country at the Olympic Games is a matter of great honour and immense pride. I feel I have adequate experience of being in an elite field such as this and I wish to use learnings from my past experiences to do my best. In terms of planning for this tournament all I am doing right now is working hard on all aspects of my game, putting in a lot of practice hours and that should help me get ready for the tournament.”

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The flag bearer of Indian women’s golf had a stellar show including a Top-10 and starts at all five Majors. While it has been a landmark year for the Bengaluru golfer, India is proud to have such a young talent who brought two LET event titles in 2016 and one in 2017.

Ashok believes that golf is growing ever more popular in India. “The Olympics will turn the attention of viewers to golf and that’s very much-needed,” she told SheThePeople.TV. “It will definitely help grow the sport in a big way.”

Aditi started gaining limelight early in 2016 with her participation in the Full Member of Ladies European Tour.  “I have played in a lot of big events in the past few years and so I won’t be doing anything different. I qualified for a LPGA event last year and the field consisted of the top 60 players on the LPGA so I do have that experience. So, I am sure with all my international exposure I will be well prepared for Rio game wise,” added Aditi.

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You go girl!

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