Aditi Ashok finishes second in qualifying and reserves a spot for the Women’s British Open
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok qualified for the AIG Women’s British Open after securing a stunning 68-year-old two-under to grab second place in the 18-hole qualifying round at Panmure Golf Club. The 23-year-old Indian star, who captivated the entire Indian nation as she finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, was one of two Indian women vying for one of the 15 places offered for the major.
The event will be played from August 19 to 22 at Carnoustie Links, just five kilometers from Panmure. While Aditi was only second, Tvesa Malik (73) finished T-29th and missed out on one of the places available for the Open. The appearance of the Open brings Aditi’s record for Majors starts to 19, up from 18 after the Amundi Evian championship last month.
This is his fourth Major of the season. No Indian, man or woman, has played so much. Women have five Majors compared to four for men each year. Aditi, who was one-up after 12 holes, did well to get 2-minus and finish only second. She finished one stroke behind American Lindsey Weaver (67) while Nicole Larsen Broch, amateur Kirsten Rudgeley, Cheng Ssu Chia, Magdalena Simmermacher were tied for 3rd at 1 under. Johanna Gustavsson was also less than 1 of 17 holes.
Aditi’s best major result was T-22 at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Open in 2018. This will be her fifth appearance at the Women’s Open. Panmure, the 16th oldest golf club in the world, dating from 1845, has hosted the Open qualifiers on several occasions. The course with narrow fairways is a big test and has difficult, undulating greens.
The 6,242 yard Par-70 course designed by James Braid is located between the courses of the Monifieth and Carnoustie courses on the east coast of Scotland.