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Aditi Ashok – Youngest Golf Player

Not everyone at the age of 6 dreams to be a part of Olympics but Aditi Ashok hit the headlines when she became the first Indian golfer to play in the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014), and Olympic Games (2016).

The 19-year-old golfer was born in Bangalore and has completed her higher education from Jain (Deemed-to-be University). The youngest and first Indian woman to win the Q school international tour also scripted an astonishing chapter in the history of Indian golf by winning the Lalla Aicha Ladies European Tour (LET) in Morocco for the 2016 season becoming a golf star.

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Brimming with energy and confidence, she participated in the 2016 Hero Women’s India Open as a pro and achieved the status of first Indian to win a LET title. With so many laurels already, she also won the LET’s Rookie of the Year award in 2016 and gained a United States based LPGA Tour card for 2017. Her barnstorming debut in the field of golf turned her into a professional in January 2016 after a sparkling amateur career.

With a world ranking of No. 99, Aditi became a pioneer in golf at a young age of 18. Among the women slotted for the Rio Games 2016, she secured the position of No. 58 and became the only Indian woman to represent India at the much awaited Olympics in 2016.

In the annual felicitation organized by the Jain (Deemed-to-be University) to honor its notable alumni, Aditi Ashok received a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for being the youngest and most prominent golf player. Aditi surprised everyone by winning the Ladies British amateur stroke-play championship at Leeds in 2015 thus becoming the first golf player from the country. Right from the tender age of 10, she has won many accolades in golf tournaments across the world.

Ashwini Ganig