Aditi Ashok finishes T7 in Ladies Open de France

Aditi Ashok produced a spotless 66 in the final round of the Ladies Open de France. Caroline Hedwall shot 62 to win the title

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Aditi Ashok during the first round of the Ladies Open de France - LET Image

09 September 2018: Aditi Ashok saved her best to the last. The 20-year-old Indian produced an error-free 66 on Sunday to force her way inside the top ten. Aditi ended the week in T7, even as Caroline Hedwall won the Ladies Open de France by a two-stroke margin over Stacey Lee Bregman. This was Aditi’s second top ten finish on the Ladies European Tour and the 13th of her illustrious career.

Aditi cruised through the front nine with serene calm, making eight straight pars. She made her first move on the day with a birdie on the ninth hole, making the turn in 35 strokes.

The Indian upped her game soon after, making it three birdies in a row with additions at the 10th and 11th holes.  Birdies at the 16th and 17th allowed Aditi to seal her top ten showing at the Golf du Medoc – Chateaux Course.

Caroline Hedwall - Ladies Open de France - LET Image
Caroline Hedwall – Ladies Open de France – LET Image

Hedwall made an ambush that ought to be remembered well past this week. The Swede was only three under at the start of the final round but rode a 62 to gain a surprising victory over a stunned field.

Her 62 included nine birdies – four on the front and five more on her way to the clubhouse.

Quotes to Ladies European Tour

“It was a long time ago since I won and it feels great to get another win under my belt. It’s been a struggle over the past years with quite a few injuries and it’s been tough on my confidence,” said the 2011 LET Rookie and Players’ Player of the Year. “I haven’t felt good when I’m under pressure. Today, I really pulled it off and enjoyed being back there and in contention. I performed under pressure and that gives me a lot of confidence moving forward.”

Her next goal is to make a fourth appearance for Europe in next year’s Solheim Cup at Gleneagles. She played in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and was a major factor in Europe’s victories in Ireland and Colorado, where she won all five of her matches.

“That’s my goal for next year, making it onto the European team again,” she said. “I missed out last time, but in the end, you have to be really confident about your game to play in a Solheim. If you’re not mentally prepared for it, then there’s no point going, because you’re not going to perform. You have to enjoy the pressure.

“I’m starting to feel more ready. I don’t think I was ready a year ago when they played in the U.S., but here, I felt like I could handle the pressure really well and that’s what I need to see from myself to be able to compete in a Solheim Cup.”

Scores

1 Caroline Hedwall (SWE) SWE -12 69 71 70 62 272
2 Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA) RSA -10 69 69 70 66 274
3 Luna Sobron (ESP) ESP -9 68 71 69 67 275
3 Sarah Kemp (AUS) AUS -9 72 65 69 69 275
3 Lynn Carlsson (SWE) SWE -9 67 70 68 70 275
3 Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DEN) DEN -9 69 65 69 72 275
7 Aditi Ashok (IND) IND -8 74 68 68 66 276
7 Christine Wolf (AUT) AUT -8 72 66 70 68 276
7 Azahara Munoz (ESP) ESP -8 72 68 68 68 276
7 Xi Yu Lin (CHN) CHN -8 69 69 68 70 276
11 Olivia Cowan (GER) GER -7 71 70 69 67 277
11 Celine Herbin (FRA) FRA -7 68 72 69 68 277
11 Olafia Kristinsdottir (ISL) ISL -7 71 68 68 70 277
11 Carly Booth (SCO) SCO -7 72 65 69 71 277
15 Julia Engstrom (SWE) SWE -6 64 71 72 71 278
15 Marion Ricordeau (FRA) FRA -6 69 68 67 74 278
17 Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) RSA -5 74 66 71 68 279
17 Isabelle Boineau (FRA) FRA -5 70 71 70 68 279
17 Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP) ESP -5 70 73 68 68 279
20 Florentyna Parker (ENG) ENG -4 71 68 71 70 280
20 Isabella Ramsay (SWE) SWE -4 69 69 70 72 280
20 Camilla Lennarth (SWE) SWE -4 75 66 66 73 280

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