Tvesa Malik ends tied-39th, Aditi Ashok tied-47th at Saudi Ladies Team golf

Tvesa finished with three-over while Aditi was a further shot back as Diksha Dagar and Astha Madan finished poorly.

By Rahul Venkat

Tvesa Malik ended the inaugural Saudi Ladies Team International as the best-placed Indian golfer at tied-39th on Thursday.

Compatriot Aditi Ashok ended with four-over to finish tied-47th while the other two Indian golfers in the field, Diksha Dagar and Astha Madan were placed tied-76th and 109th respectively.

The Saudi Ladies Team International, a Ladies European Tour (LET) event, followed a unique format, wherein the golfers competed for individual honours and were also part of a four-person team, which included three pros and an amateur.

The teams were decided by an NFL-style draft system, where the captain of the team could pick one member and the other two were randomly allocated. The team score was carded on the basis of the ‘two best scores’ on each hole.

Aditi Ashok was the only Indian golfer to captain a team and ‘Team Ashok’ comprised pros Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso and Rachel Drummond.

Aditi, who finished last week’s inaugural Saudi Ladies International in tied-11th, had begun with a first-round 71.

However, the Indian golfer only carded 75 and 74 in the next two rounds, scoring seven bogeys, a double-bogey, and just four birdies in the second and third rounds.

Tvesa Malik, who has enjoyed a breakthrough season on the LET, was part of ‘Team Henseleit’, captained by Esther Henseleit.

Tvesa scored 74 and 76 in the opening two rounds but propelled herself up the leaderboard with a final-round three-under 69, which included three birdies and only a single bogey.

Leftie Diksha Dagar, part of the Marianne Skarpnord-captained ‘Team Skarpnord’, began the event with an even-par 71 but only carded 78 and 76 in the last two rounds.

Astha Madan, who played in Florentyna Parker’s team, finished last with 26-over as she was unable to make par in any of the rounds.

Pedersen makes clean sweep in Saudi

After winning last week’s Saudi Ladies International in a play-off, Danish golfer Emily Kristine Pedersen triumphed in the individual and team events on Thursday.

Pedersen won the individual event with 14-under, two shots ahead of Australian rookie Stephanie Kyriacou.

The Dane’s score, combined with her teammate Casandra Hall’s three-over, was enough to give ‘Team Pedersen’ the top honours in the team event.