Aditi Ashok raised hopes an Olympic medal as she stood just 4 strokes off the pace at tied-eight after the second round of the women’s individual event.
The teenager from Bengaluru was just four shots behind the leader, Inbee park of South Korea after firing a second successive three-under 68, which included five birdies against a couple of bogeys, to move to six-under.
Inbee Park of South Korea topped the leader board with a handsome five-under 66 to have a total of 10-under 132 going into the third round.
Aditi stroked a consistent 68 in both the rounds and was at the tied-eighth position with four others.
Speaking about her round, Aditi, who plays on the Ladies European Tour said, “I shot three-under both days, so that’s pretty consistent for me. I dropped a few shots today, a couple of shots and I could have been a few shots better, but I’m happy going into the weekend?”
On the importance of her performance for the game back in India, the teenager, who has been a pro for just six months said, “I think it would be big in India, and also being a golfer, a woman golfer, it will definitely boost the popularity of the sport.
“That’s what I’m hoping to do. In India and also all over the world, because golf is in the Olympics for the first time, so I think it would make golf more public among the general people who watch golf, not just the golf fans who watch it right now.”
Speaking about the conditions, Aditi added, “It was a bit windy. It was windy for me on the back nine. But it’s different — it played different yesterday and it played different today because of the wind. I’m enjoying it.”