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Meet Aditi Ashok, India's future in women's golf

The 18-year-old from Bengaluru, the only Indian woman golfer competing int the Rio Olympics, 2016, turned professional earlier this year after a sparkling amateur career.

Eighteen-year-old Aditi was slotted 58th among the women who had qualified for the Rio Games. She's ranked 439th on the official women's world rankings list but that didn't make any difference to her approach coming into the Games and facing off against higher-ranked opponents.

In the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Aditi, the youngest contender and only Indian woman golfer in the fray, was able, for the most part of the first 36 holes, to tail the top spot on the leaderboard. She even shared the lead briefly before falling away in the third round.

A student at Bangalore’s Frank Anthony Public School, Aditi has been a consistent figure on the Indian amateur golfing scene. She turned professional in January 1, 2016, after an illustrious amateur career.

She made history when she became the first player from the country to win the Ladies British amateur stroke-play championship at Leeds, in 2015.

She won the St. Rule Trophy at St. Andrews and finished second in the 2015 European Women’s Amateur Championship, also claimed the overall title called ‘The Nicholls Trophy’ as well as the ‘Dinwiddy Trophy’ given for the lowest score by an under-18 player.

She is the only Indian golfer to have played the Asian Youth Games (2013) Youth Olympic Games (2014) and Asian Games (2014).

She is a three-time National Junior Champion for 2014, 2013, 2012 and a two-time National Amateur Champion for 2014, 2011.

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