Rio de Janeiro: India's teen golfer Aditi Ashok fired a flawless three-under 68 to lie tied seventh after the opening round of the women's golf competition at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old from Bangalore, who won the qualifying finals to earn a full card on the Ladies European Tour (LET), picked up three birdies at the 2nd, 10th and 14th holes and parred the rests to stay three strokes adrift of the leader.
Aditi had represented India at the Asian Youth Games in 2013, Youth Olympic Games in 2014 and Asian Games in 2014.
At the top, Thailand's Jutanugarn Ariya blasted a six-under 65 to emerge leader and was followed by the Korean duo of Park Inbee and Kim Seiyoung who scored a matching five-under 66 at the Olympic golf course in Rio.
Jutanugarn had a little bit of everything on her scorecard Wednesday and wound up with a 6-under 65 for a one-shot lead over seven-time major champion Inbee and Kim.
This is the first time for women's golf to be in the Olympics since the Paris Games in 1900, and back then it was only a nine-hole competition.
Park was playing top competition for the first time in two months because of a thumb injury. She was bogey-free in her round of 66.
Lydia Ko, the No. 1 player in women's golf, holed out from 135 yards on the 15th hole for eagle. She shot 69 and was four shots back.
(With inputs from agencies)
Published Date: Aug 18, 2016 03:51 am | Updated Date: Aug 18, 2016 03:51 am