New Delhi: Aditi Ashok, the talented 13-year-old from Bangalore, made a great charge on the final day of the Usha DGC Ladies Open but by then it was too late to cover the seven-shot lead that Gurbani Singh started with after the second round.
Playing flawless golf and landing four birdies against no bogeys, Aditi Ashok carded a four-under 68, by far the best card of the week. But her first two rounds of 78 and 78 meant she managed only 224 for 54 holes. That left her four behind Gurbani (75).
Astha Madan held on to her third place with a round of 77 and a total of 233, but Millie Saroha (82) fell way back into fourth place at 234.
Aditi, who at 13 has shown a lot of promise for the future birdied the second and was one-under for the front nine. On the back stretch of the Delhi Golf Club, she had three birdies, on the 13th, 14th and 16th and held on to finish at 68 on a day when the next best card was 75 by Gurbani
Gurbani, needing to win to move to the top of the Order of Merit, was five-over through 12 holes and briefly opened the door for Aditi. But both girls birdied the 13th and while Aditi birdied the 14th and 16th also, Gurbani also birdied the 15th. More importantly Gurbani did not allow nervousness to get her and did not drop any shots further and cantered home a winner by four shots.
Gursimar Badwal (80) was fifth at 236 and Vrishali SInha (77) was sixth at 239 along with Vrinda Yadav (79).
The DGC Ladies Open is Gurbani’s second title this season after the Army Ladies earlier on. It will now bring her to the top of the IGU Ladies Order of Merit. Gurbani also benefitted from the unfortunate disqualification of Vani Kapoor on the first day because of teeing from the wrong tee area.
Usha, who have been the principal sponsors of the Ladies events on the IGU circuit, will also sponsor the All India Amateur event in Chandigarh this year and later in 2012, they will add the Eastern India Ladies.