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Aditi, Vani to Lead Indian Challenge at Women's Indian Open

Aditi, Vani to Lead Indian Challenge at Women's Indian Open

Aditi secured tied ninth position at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters and then bettered it with a sixth place finish at the Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De Espana Femenino.

New Delhi: Young golfer Aditi Ashok, who represented India at the Rio Olympics, and rising golfer Vani Kapoor will spearhead the Indian challenge at the 2016 Hero Women's India Open, which will tee off at the picturesque DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon from November 7th to 13th.

Aditi secured tied ninth position at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters and then bettered it with a sixth place finish at the Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De Espana Femenino.

She will be joined by Vani, who won six of the 10 events in the Women's Professional Golf Tour, Amandeep Drall, who clinched three titles this season, and Hero MotoCorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet in a highly competitive and star-studded field.

Defending champion Emily Kristine Pedersen, Gwladys Nocera, who won the 2014 edition of India Open, ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters 2015 winner, Beth Allen and Isabelle Boineau, who won the Ladies Scottish Open will be among the elite golfers who will be competing at the USD 400,000 event, now in its 10th year.

At least 13 golfers, who represented their respective countries at the Rio Olympics in August, will also compete at the flagship event, co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the Women's Golf Association of India (WGAI).

LPGA star and world number 33, Brittany Lincicome, will also be in action for the first time in India. The USA golfer has two Majors Championships to her credit and has been a regular at the Solheim Cup since 2007.

"I think we have the best chance to win the title this time, we are doing really well. Aditi has been in good form and I too have won six titles and have been scoring sub-par cards and I am confident of a good show," Vani said.

Commenting on Hero's association with the Women's Indian Open for the seventh consecutive year, J Narain, Sports Advisor Hero Moto Corp, said: "It is the 10th anniversary of Women's Indian Open and so it is special. We have been associated since 2010.

"The event has established itself as an important stop in the Ladies European Tour and the presence of top players speak of its growing stature in the world of Golf."

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