Pune, Dec 23 (IANS) Indian Golf Union (IGU) president Anil Seolekar on Wednesday congratulated teenaged prodigy Aditi Ashok for becoming the first Indian to win a Qualifying School event on an International Tour.
The 17-year-old Aditi Ashok (23-under) emerged winner by three shots in the five-round European Tour’s Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifier in Morocco on Tuesday. Her five rounds included a record-breaking 10-under 62 in the third round.
“It is a matter of great pride for Indian golf and the Indian Golf Union that Aditi has come out with flying colours. Aditi is the perfect example of IGU’s policy of sending talented youngsters for international exposure. This year itself Aditi won tournaments all over including the prestigious St. Rules Trophy and the Ladies British Amateur Open Stroke play and also the Thailand Amateur,” said Seolekar.
“We will also soon have a function to honour and celebrate her efforts in 2015.”
He added: “Over the past five years, since she first hit national headlines as a talented junior, she has been winning titles and representing India, including at events like the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympics (2014), Asian Games (2014), ” added the IGU president, whose vision plan is to broad base and increase the number of events and players in junior golf.
“All leading Indian golfers have from time to time benefitted from IGU’s endeavour to send out teams for major amateur events, the efforts have now begun to bear fruit — this year we have seen Anirban Lahiri emerge as a global star and now we have Aditi Ashok. There are many who will emerge in the coming seasons.”