Aditi Ashok fires herself into European Masters contention

Aditi Ashok played well for a second day running to get inside the top 10 of the Ladies European Masters in Germany

Aditi Ashok

Anand Datla

September 10, 2016: Discipline and commitment were the operational mantras for Aditi Ashok on the third day of the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters in Germany. Aditi played with enormous patience and concentration, marching through the course at the Hubbelrath Golf Club with a single mindedness that sets her apart from many of her peers. Aditi shot a composed 70 in the third round to reach within three shots off the leaders, Lee-Anne Pace, Belen Mozo and In-Kyung Kim. The Indian is at 4-under 212, while the three leaders tied at 7-under with four more holes to play.

Ursula Wikstrom was the best performer in the third round, scoring a 67 and jumping nine spots to sixth place. All positions on this report, are as at the time of filing this story, with several players yet to complete their round.

Aditi continued where she left it at the bottom of the second round, where she made three straight pars to end the round. The 18 year old from Bengaluru produced nine consecutive pars to make the turn in an even 36 strokes.

Resuming at an overnight 2-under score of 142, Aditi seemed determined to play a steady hand to push herself up the pecking order.

Her first birdie of the day came at the 11th hole, a par-4 that measures 399 yards. She added four more pars, before shooting a second birdie at the par-3 16th hole.

Aditi suffered three bogeys each in the first two rounds and her effort on Saturday was dedicated to avoiding any such mistakes.

Back to back birdies at the 16th and 17th helped Aditi consolidate her presence inside the top 10, within striking distance from the leaders.

After a brilliant day on the course, a late lapse cost Aditi a bogey on the final hole, her only blemish in the round. At the time of this report, Aditi was lying T9 with Georgia Hall and Marianne Skarpnord.

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