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.

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.”



Mark Townsend

Been watching and playing golf since the early 80s and generally still stuck in this period. Huge fan of all things Robert Rock, less so white belts. Handicap of 8, fragile mind and short game

Handicap: 8

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