Amateurs to add colour to Hero Women’s Indian Open 2015

HWIO 2012 Aditi finished as the best amateur after leading the first dayNew Delhi: The Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI) has confirmed the participation of three young talents for the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2015, all under the age of eighteen years. The US $ 400,000 event will see top three amateurs from India- Aditi Ashok, Ridhima Dilawari and Seher Atwal, compete against some of the best professionals from around the globe. The flagship event, tri-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET), the Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) and Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI) will be played from 23rd – 25th October at the revamped DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurgaon.

Champika Sayal, Secretary General, WGAI said “Amateurs have done well in the past editions of the Hero Women’s Indian Open and we expect a good show from them this time around as well. We are happy to provide them the exposure of the highest standard and it will help them get better. Aditi has done us proud with some scintillating performances in the past few months and she is the ‘dark horse’ in this tournament. A good show at the event will help her chances of participating in the Rio Olympics.”

Aditi Ashok is in tremendous form and has recently qualified for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. She became the first Asian to claim the St. Rule’s Trophy and the Lawson Trophy at the St. Andrews Links in June 2015. The 17 year old Bangalorean did not stop there and added another feather to her cap when she became the first Indian to win the Ladies British Amateur Stroke Play Golf Championship at the Moortown Golf Club.

Aditi has had a good run at the Hero Women’s Indian Open as well and has finished as the best amateur in 2012 and 2014. In fact, she was the joint leader after the first round of the HWIO’12, shooting 3 under 69. She also holds the WGAI's record for lowest single round score on the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour.

Delighted to be a part of this coveted tournament, Aditi Ashok said, “I am really looking forward to playing in the Indian Open. The DLF course has changed a bit which will be a fun and new experience. I have been playing good all year so I want to continue the form. I am excited to play the Hero Women’s Indian Open and it is one of my favourite events of the year.”

Ridhima Dilawari is placed second in the IGU Order of Merit followed by Seher Atwal. This will be their maiden appearance in the Hero Women’s Indian Open and the amateurs from Delhi will be eager to make a mark in an elite field of 114 players.