Young Indian golfer Aditi Ashok in top 15 finish at Asia Pacific Juniors
August 27th, Taiwan: Aditi Ashok, who was recently declared the British Ladies Amateur Champion, finished 15th at the Asia-Pacific Junior Golf Championship with teammate Karandeep Kochar.
The teenager, who is ranked #1 in the Indian Golf Union Order of Merit, and Kochar ended the 3-day tournament at 15-over 303. Golfers Shubham Narain and Ridhima Dilawari secured 15th place for India with 3-day total of 16-over par 304 at the par-72 Sunrise Golf & country club, Taiwan.
The championship saw a total of 25 teams and representation from over 13 countries.
In the individual strokeplay boys championship, Kochar and Narain finished tied 7th and tied 12th respectively, while in the girls championship, Dilawari finished at tied 7th, with Ashok in 15th.
17-year-old Ashok, from Bengaluru, did not play very impressive round as she had a single birdie on 10th and made bogeys on the 4th, 5th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 18th while Chandigarh’s Kochar, 16, bogeyed 4th, 5th, 14th, 15th and made a single birdie on the 6th.
“I didn’t play as well as I could have. I missed a few easy putts today which didn’t help me score but overall I was happy with my game and iron play,” said Ashok who also won the 2015 St. Rule Trophy at St. Andrews last month.
“I think I played pretty decent but made some silly mistakes. My hitting was good and Ineed to improve my putting to perform in international tournaments like these. This was a tremendous learning experience,” said Kochar, who is the youngest member of the squad.
Delhi lad Shubham Narian, 17, who was playing well in the front nine after shooting a birdie on 6th, suffered a triple bogey on 9th followed by bogeys on 10th, 11th, 12th and then managed to convert another birdie on 17th for four-over 76.
His teammate Dilawari also had a blemish-free front nine but saw a rollercoaster ride in the back nine as she made bogeys on 11th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 18th and birdies on 12th, 16th for three-over 75.
“I think the round was good except for some bogeys in the back nine. Overall the round was good except for a few holes,” she said.
Leading from day one, the Korean team of Hyun-Kyung Park and Young-woong Kim won the inaugural championship at eight-under 280.