NEW DELHI: Away from the spotlight of more mainstream Indian games, for example, cricket, hockey, badminton and tennis, this year a youngster from Bangalore set out on her trip in the expert universe of golf. At 17, Aditi Ashok had as of now secured the Ladies European Tour (LET) card for 2016, having won the 2015 Lalla Aicha Tour School, the qualifying occasion for LET, and turning into the principal Indian to do as such, and also the most youthful ever.
A newbie year should be a learning background for Aditi however it ended up being a point of interest begin to her profession. She began unobtrusively in the European visit, completing tied-77th in the New Zealand Women's Open, yet that was only a minor blip in front of what lay ahead. Aditi bobbed back instantly at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco, where she completed a noteworthy tied-21st which opened her Order of Merit record at 6,525 Euros.
There was no thinking back since, and in the following 13 LET competitions Aditi enlisted seven main ten completions. Close to the end of 2016, Aditi turned into the principal Indian lady to win a title in the prestigious visit, when she lifted the Hero Women's Indian Open at Gurgaon's DLF Golf and Country Club. She bested that up by winning her next competition, the Qatar Ladies Open in Doha and with progressive titles she coolly stashed 129,988 Euros (54,988 + 75,000).
Aditi practically made it three in succession, however needed to settle for a tied-third at the Dubai Ladies Masters in December, the last LET occasion of the year. For her stellar year, Aditi was deservedly named LET 'New kid on the block of the Year'. She additionally completed the visit at second on the Order of Merit for her aggregate prize cash acquiring of 206,665 Euros, simply behind Beth Allen of USA who won 313,079.
Be that as it may, Aditi's actual heightening in the Indian cognizance came amid the Rio Games, where golf was making an arrival following 112 years. Her crusade finished at 41st spot, yet she was in dispute for an award after the initial two adjusts in a field which supported nine of the world's main 10 female golfers.
The young person's hunger has developed from that point forward, of course, as apparent by Aditi acquiring a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) card for 2017 with a tied-24th complete at the last qualifying occasion in Daytona Beach - consequently turning out to be just the second Indian lady after Simi Mehra to win the status.
In 2017, Aditi will be seen contending with the best of ladies' golf in the USA, a definitive goal for expert golfers. With halfway enrollment in the LPGA, she should juggle her time in both the Europe and the USA which will test Aditi's aptitudes of adapting to the fast track of expert game.
In her first year itself, Aditi has put Indian ladies' golf in the spotlight and for that she is our 'New kid on the block of the Year'.