Aditi Ashok of India secured her 2016 European Tour card, after firing a two-under par 70 for a total of 23-under to win the ladies the European Tour’s Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifier in Marrakech, Morocco yesterday. She posted scores of 68, 69, 62, 68 and 70 as she defeated a world-class field of competitors from 35 different countries. Aditi Ashok, just 17 and a school girl from Bangalore is still an amateur, becomes the first Indian ever to win a Qualifying School event for an international Tour. This win gives her full playing rights for 2016 and will be the only Indian to have that on Ladies European Tour. Before Aditi, Sharmila Nicollet held playing rights on Ladies European Tour, but this year she failed to get her card.
In her final round, Aditi Ashok had two bogeys in first three holes, but then with four birdies and carded two-under 70 in a tension-packed fifth to total a whopping 23-under, while Danish golfer, Daisy Nielsen (66) finished second at 20-under. Aditi’s earlier rounds included a record 10-under 62 in the third round and she was under par on each of the five days. Aditi started somewhat tentatively with bogeys on second and third but then steadied. From the sixth hole, she was going for birdies and had quite a few good putts that just narrowly missed the hole so six, seven, eight, nine. It was unfortunate that Karolin made a double bogey (on the ninth) but she had a difficult lie in the bunker. That helped Aditi a bit and gave her a cushion with her being two back. She made a birdie on 11 and kept trying again. She made one on 15 and that was good enough. On 18, there was a lot of wind coming that Aditi underestimated to end up four yards in front. It was a front pin, so she just played a few feet to the hole, but it just went in, and luckily Aditi finished with a birdie.