Bombay, India (December 8): Aditi Ashok will be aiming to underline her standing as one of Asia’s brightest female golfing prospects when she lines up in this week’s Faldo Series India Girls’ Championship.
Mumbai, India (December 15): Gaurika Bishnoi lists creating music as one of her off-course interests. It was appropriate, therefore, that the talented teenager should call the tune in the Faldo Series India Girls’ Championship.
Kolkata, India (October 16): Diksha Dagar continued her hot streak to score a shock victory in the 2015 Faldo Series India Girls’ Championship.
The only Indian golfer (male or female) to have represented her country in the Asian Youth Games, Youth Olympic Games and Asian Games, the 16-year-old is already being widely tipped as a star of the future.
Maintaining her recent outstanding form, the 16-year-old held off the challenge of fast-finishing Ridhima Dilawari to clinch top spot at the 6,121-yard, par-70 Bombay Presidency Golf Club course.
One week after winning the Indian Golf Union [IGU] West Bengal Ladies Amateur Championship, left-handed Dagar upstaged her more fancied rivals at the historic Royal Calcutta Golf Club in the 12th leg of the record-breaking 2015-2016 Faldo Series Asia season.
In the present, however, her focus is on securing a starting spot in the ninth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, an R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills Shenzhen next March.
With a three-day total of 11-over-par 221, Bishnoi edged out Dilawari by a single stroke in a nerve-jangling finale to the 15th leg of the record-breaking 2014-15 Faldo Series Asia season.
Making a mockery of her lowly 2,257th position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in which she is the 17th highest Indian, Dagar overturned a five-stroke overnight deficit to stun her rivals.
In excellent recent form, Ashok is certain to set out as favourite in the 54-hole stroke play event at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club from December 10-12, the 15th leg of the record-breaking 2014-15 Faldo Series Asia.
Her reward is a starting spot in the ninth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, an R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event to be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills Shenzhen next March.
Following a pair of 76s, Dagar was a model of consistency during a final-round one-over-par 73 that contained two birdies and three bogeys.
Twice previously, Ashok has qualified for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, finishing 14th in the Girls’ Under-16 category in 2012 with a three-day total of 244. In 2013, when aged 15, she improved her score by 16 strokes, ending joint sixth.
There she will be joined by Tvesa Malik [Dagar勇夺费度亚洲杯印度赛锦标，Ashok计划以费度印度锦标赛女子总冠军为目标。Under-21 winner] and Nishtha Madan [Under-18 winner].
With a 54-hole aggregate of 225, she ended three strokes clear of runner-up Sifat Sagoo, both in the Under-16 Division and overall.
Despite her track record, Ashok, who names Sir Nick as one of the people who has helped to shape her career to date, will need to be at her best to succeed this week.
The trio will be bidding to emulate their male compatriots Rashid Khan and Abhijit Chadha, both of whom have savoured success in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.
Third place overall went to Tvesa Malik, who appeared to be running away to victory after setting a hot pace with rounds of 73 and 74. But a mid-round stumble on the final day, when she dropped five shots in three holes, saw her lose her momentum – and the lead as she signed off with an 82.
Among those also expected in the 65-strong field are four of her national squad team-mates – Ridhima Dilawari, Gaurika Bishnoi, Seher Atwal and Vrishali Sinha.