Weekend winners: Rookie Ashok doubles up in Qatar
Ladies European Tour: Qatar Ladies Open – Aditi Ashok
Indian teenager Ashok made it back-to-back wins on the LET just two weeks after winning on home soil.
The 18-year-old rookie became the first ladies’ champion in Qatar and she did it with a three-under final round to beat Lydia Hall and Caroline Hedwall by three.
Ashok was trailing to Nanna Koerstz Madsen when there was a weather delay for thunder and lightning on the course but then picked up her first birdies of the day at 7 and 8 as the wind picked up. Madsen bogeyed the 9th which left Ashok three ahead at the turn.
By the 18th Caroline Hedwall could have forced a play-off after making a birdie at the short 17th but then bogeyed the par-5 last while Ashok sealed the win with a birdie.
Wales’ Lydia Hall tied for second with the Swede with Madsen in fourth after a 73. England’s Annabel Dimmock was fifth on here own.
The tournament was part of the new Middle East Series, incorporating events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
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What Ashok said: “I did create enough birdie chances but I wasn’t making any. Finally I was able to birdie 16. My goal was to be error free and I made a bogey on 17 but I played consistently well for the most part and made a birdie on 18.
“The first win was special, because I won in India, but I felt I played really well here and had to play well every day and shoot sub-par rounds. I think my game was better this week and obviously to win in the Qatar, the golf course is the same as the men’s, so I know it’s challenging and to win here feels good.”