Aditi Ashok moved one more step closer to her global aspirations as she finished T-24th and qualified for the Stage III of the Ladies PGA Tour, the biggest golfing platform for professional women golfers.
The 18-year-old Indian, who made everyone sit up and take notice at the Rio Olympics, where she was in Top-10 after two days, completed her four rounds at the Qualifying Stage II in Venice, Florida in four-over 292 to advance to the next stage. Playing at the Panther and Bobcat Courses in Venice, Florida, Aditi had a brilliant start with a round of three-under 69 on the opening day at Bobcat course, and she was placed Tied-8th. But she slipped in the next two rounds at Panther Course, but still inside the Top-80, who made the 54-hole cut. In the final round, played once again at Bobcat, Aditi shot even par 72, despite two late bogeys. She was Tied-24th to move into Stage III. A total of 21 countries were represented in the 84 players, who made the Stage III, the Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament.
“Playing at Bobcat and Panther was great, but Bobcat was more fun,” said Aditi. The Stage III of the Qualifying School will be held in Daytona, Florida from November 30 to December 4, 2016.
The top 20 finishers at final stage will earn LPGA Tour membership for the 2017 season.
They will get into most of the full-field events and a few other bigger events. Players finishing between 21st and 45th get limited starts on LPGA and get most of the events on Symetra Tour, the second level Tour to LPGA.