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Aditi Ashok happy to plough on, seeking new heights in new season

This is Aditi’s sixth consecutive week on tour but the talk of exhaustion is brushed aside.

other sports Updated: Nov 10, 2016 22:30 IST
Robin Bose
Aditi Ashok has had a phenomenal season in her rookie year as a professional.
Aditi Ashok has had a phenomenal season in her rookie year as a professional.(Getty Images)

Now that America’s made a choice, Beth Allen and Brittany Lincicome have come to accept the verdict, grudgingly though.

Asked about Donald Trump’s ascent, Beth tried to hide behind the excuse, “For the record, I don’t stay in the United States (she plays on the Ladies European Tour),” but eventually came around. Hiding her face, she said, “I’m scared, but who knows it could be good”.

Florida went Trump’s way, but Brittany, who was raised in St Petersburg and resides in Seminole, felt there was no choice. “We did not have a great candidate either way.”

In this case, time holds the answer. In Aditi Ashok’s, the choices made so far are a matter of pride.

Ignoring calls to stay away from Rio over health concerns, the Olympian can talk about the Games being a “huge experience”. Despite slipping later on, she’s happy the attention women’s golf in India attracted.

A path was chosen years ago, and getting to tread it has made the journey surreal.

“Since childhood, I wanted to be a professional, and now that I’m doing it for a career, it is like living a dream,” she said ahead of the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Teeing up on Friday for the $400,000 tri-sanctioned event will have a different feel. The 18-year-old featured in five editions as an amateur, and turning up as a pro for the national Open will be in the hope of adding another strong finish to what has been a phenomenal rookie season.

Last year’s final day at the DLF Golf and Country Club was a dampener. “I didn’t play as well as I could and by the time I got comfortable, I was well into my back nine.” The tied 13 finish was commendable nonetheless.

Arriving four days earlier, the preparation is better this time. This is Aditi’s sixth consecutive week on tour but the talk of exhaustion is brushed aside.

“I work a lot on fitness, so can’t complain that it is demanding physically. I’ve never had an injury, so you can say am enjoying myself.”