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Aditi Ashok is Back at Vic Oates Open But Now as a Star Player

Rising Indian golfer Aditi Ashok returns to Vic Oates Open, where she made her debut last year and finished Tied-31st but now she will be one of the strong challengers when she tees off here.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:February 8, 2017, 5:06 PM IST
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Thirteenth Beach (Victoria): Rising Indian golfer Aditi Ashok returns to Vic Oates Open, where she made her debut last year and finished Tied-31st but now she will be one of the strong challengers when she tees off here.

Aditi has not only been hitting the headlines but her showing has also encouraged others to raise their levels. So much so, three other Indian girls have made the LET Tour card.

Two of them Vani Kapoor and Amandeep Drall also feature in the start list this week. Last week at Gold Coast, Vani made the cut, while Drall missed out.

In what turned out to be an outstanding rookie season, the 18-year-old Bengaluru girl, won back-to-back wins at the Hero Womens Indian Open and Qatar Ladies Open.

This week she enters the Vic Oates Open inside Top-100 of the world. This year Aditi should also get into some Majors and she has a conditional card on LPGA, too. So, she should get to play a lot on various Tours.

"I should be able to play some of the (womens) majors this year so that should be interesting and I have a conditional card on the LPGA Tour so Im going to try and play as much as I can," Aditi said.

"I dont know where Ill be for most of the year so well see how it goes."

Coming off a Tied-sixth place finish in her season-opening RACV Gold Coast Challenge, Aditi will once again have her father, Ashok at the bag. He was on it, when she won the second of her two titles in Qatar last year.

"Last year the wind was a big factor for me. Especially some of the headwind holes, I really didnt score well on them. So this time, Ive played two practice rounds on the

Beach course and Im going to play one on the Creek tomorrow and hopefully Ill be able to manage the wind better," Aditi said, speaking to the LET website.

"I'm hitting it a bit longer than I did last year so that should help."

Apart from Aditi, Beth Allen, who topped the LET Order of Merit, is also in the field besides a whole lot of other 2016 tournament winners on LET. The field also has Dame Laura Davies, a multiple Major winner.

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| Edited by: Amit Kumar
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