Aditi Ashok in contention after solid opening round at Olympic Women’s Golf Competition
Aditi Ashok got off to a blistering start, carding a 4-under 67 in the first round to be placed tied-second at the Olympic Women’s golf competition on Thursday.
Aditi, who made her second successive Olympics cut, smashed birdies on the fifth, ninth, thirteenth, fourteenth, and seventeenth to grab the place just behind the leader at the Magnus opus of all sporting events.
Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden claimed the first-round lead after carding 5-under 66 at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
World No.1 Nelly Korda also shot a 4-under to join the tied-second position with Aditi Ashok.
The second Indian in the field, Diksha Dagar, shot a 5-over 75 to end her first-day campaign at a tied-56th place out of 60 players.
The 2017 Deaflympics winner, Diksha, got a late entry into Olympics after South-African Paula Reto withdraws from the event.
Despite shooting an over par in the opening round, Diksha has the ability to recover at any moment during the game.
A pack of three golfers, including pre-tournament favourite Sei Young Kim of South Korea, was placed at tied-3rd heading into the second round.