Aditi Ashok sealed her sensational first season on the Ladies European Tour by collecting her Omega watch as the winner of the LET’s Rookie of the Year Award.
After two back-to-back wins at the Hero Women’s Indian Open and Qatar Ladies Open, the 18-year-old from Bangalore finished second on the Order of Merit, in the year that she also represented her country at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Golf’s newest superstar said:
“Obviously there is a lot of attention, especially since the Olympics. A lot of people want to write about me because I'm an Olympian, and not just part of women's golf. In that sense, I think women's golf is getting more popular in India. I think it's good and I just try and deal with it the best that I can.''
“Even before the Olympics, I was playing in LET events and I did sort of okay, but it wasn't like it was of interest at that time. But obviously after I played in the Olympics, everyone wants to know what I was doing because "the Olympian who was leading after two days is now playing here." I think that made a difference and hopefully the interest continues to grow, and not just with me, but with all the women golfers in India.”
Aditi is now looking forward to a well-earned rest before returning for her 2017 season. She added: “I've been playing a lot of events and been playing well through all of them. I think that's what's helping me. After this I'll have some off-time, so that's been good,” she said. “I'm just looking forward to going home. Spending three, four weeks at home, practice. I'm actually getting a new driver and 3-wood from the new 917, so I'm looking forward to practicing with those.”
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