India's Aditi Ashok geared up for shot at Ladies European Tour at Spanish Open golf

Mabella, Spain: India's Aditi Ashok, who registered her first top-10 finish as a professional last fortnight, is ready for another shot at the Ladies European Tour, when she tees up for the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino golf tournament, in Mabella on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Bengaluru youngster, who has been making waves with her fine showing in her rookie year, will be in the first group to tee off with French duo, Emilie Piquot and Anaelle Carnet.

Aditi, who won the LET Q-School to become the first Indian to win a Q-School among men or women, also took part in the Olympics and was in top-10 for the first two days, catching the eye of legendary Gary Player, who then went to the range to watch the Indian practice.

Aditi Ashok. AFP

Aditi Ashok. AFP

"The girl has the right attitude and will go a long way," Player had said.

Aditi is currently ranked 43rd on the LET Order of Merit and a top-80 finish will keep her card for next year. She has made four cuts in five starts in regular events and her best has been tied ninth at ISPS Handa European Ladies Masters in Germany earlier this month.

"I am comfortable on the Tour and this has been a very good learning for me. I am hoping to do better as I play more and more," Aditi had recently said.

Meanwhile, this week's field includes 17 Spanish players who are ready to battle for their home title as part of a field of 126 international world class competitors at Aloha Golf Club.

No Spanish player has lifted the trophy in the history of the event, which was first played at Los Alves in 1982 and most recently took place at Golf Costa Adeje in Tenerife in 2014.

This year, the Spanish contingent is headed by local star Azahara Muñoz, the multiple Solheim Cup player from San Pedro del Alcantara in Malaga, who recently represented Spain at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She has won three titles on the LET, including the Madrid Ladies Masters in 2009 on her professional debut.

Although Azahara finished 12th in Tenerife two years ago, she will be playing in more familiar surroundings close to home this week.

Another player to watch out for will be the LET's leading rookie, Nuria Iturrios, 20, from Mallorca, who recently won the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. Iturrios leads the rookie rankings over Angel Yin of the United States after playing in six tournaments so far in 2016.

Updated Date: Sep 21, 2016 22:32 PM

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