Posted on Golf 365 - November 30, 2012
"Indian school girl Aditi Ashok shot a three-under-par 69 at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon on Friday to grab a three-way share of the first-round lead at the Women's Indian Open.
The 14-year-old amateur from Bangalore mixed five birdies with two bogeys to tie with experienced professionals Becky Brewerton of Wales and Italian Stefania Croce in the three-round tournament, which is tri-sanctioned by the Women's Golf Association of India (WGAI), Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) and Ladies European Tour (LET).
Aged 14 years, eight months and one day, Ashok now has the chance to become the youngest winner on the Ladies European Tour. The LET's record holder is Amy Yang, who was 16 years old when she won the Australian Ladies Masters in 2006.
In January 2012, the world's media reported that New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko had become the youngest winner of a professional golf tour event, at the age of 14 years, nine months and five days, when she won the New South Wales Open on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour (ALPG).
However, Ashok won a professional championship on the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour in India in August 2010, at the Clover Greens Golf Resort in Bengaluru, aged 13 years and five months. She won the 54-hole championship in a playoff against Smriti Mehra, a former LPGA player.
Speaking after her round, the willowy teenager, who practises for four hours a day after school, commented: "I won a professional event last year so I think that's given me some of the experience I needed to play well today."