Women’s Indian Open 2016: The 10th instalment of the annual Women’s Indian Open golf tournament is all set to kick off on Friday morning, and it will be interesting to see whether an Indian contingent can finally manage to clinch the prestigious tournament for the first time. And the best person to create the history is certainly Aditi Ashok who has the capability to make it happen.
The tournament is co-sanctioned by the Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI), and the Ladies European Tour (LET) will see the participation of a record number of 114 pro golfers from all over the world. A total number of 17 Indian golfers will take part in this competition and apart from Aditi, Smriti Mehra, Vani Kapoor, and Saaniya Sharma are few other notable golfers who has the potentiality to win the tournament from this country.
Aditi who is currently grabbing the third spot in the Rookie of the Year rankings, has had a brilliant campaign this year. The teenager made the cut for the Rio Olympics and surprised all by being in the top 10 in the first two rounds of the women’s golf event. In an interview with India Today on the eve of the Women’s Indian Open golf tournament, the 18-year old golfer said, “It has been a breakthrough year for me. As a rookie, I got to play at the Olympics. It was a great experience for me.”
Later the Bangalore girl added “Being in the top-10 for the first two rounds was a great confidence booster. I didn’t finish it off that well but knowing that if I could have been in the Top-10 for the first two days, I could have held it together to finish high enough. And I have played a lot of LET (Ladies European Tour) tournaments and a lot of Top-10s. So in that sense, it gives me confidence in my game.”
So when she was asked about her future and goals for the rest of the year, Aditi answered, “I haven’t played great golf in any one event but I have been consistent over the last few months. The first two stages of LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) qualifying were good for me. The final stage has a lot of good players and it will have five days of consistent golf. I’m going to work hard in the last few events I have before the qualifying and hopefully make it through to the LPGA. Immediate goal is to win my card for 2017.”
So before the Women’s Indian Open 2016 golf tournament starts its proceeding, check out some key players to watch out for during the tournament:
Emily Pedersen (Denmark) – Defending Champion of the Women’s Indian Open
Beth Allen (USA) – Winner of the Hero Challenge 2016, Lacoste Ladies Open De France & Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open
Brittany Lincicome (USA) – World No.40 with two major championships this year.
Isabelle Boineau (France) – Winner of Ladies Scottish Open
Anne Van Dam (Netherlands) – Winner of Xiamen International Open
Women’s Indian Open 2016 Tournament Details
Venue: DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurgaon
Prize Money: US $ 400,000
Women’s Indian Open 2016 Tournament Schedule
Championship Round 1: November 11 @ 7 am IST
Championship Round 2: November 12 @ 7 am IST
Championship Round 3: November 13 @ 7 am IST