Ashok takes early lead

  • Last Updated: November 30 2012, 15:25 GMT

Teenage amateur Aditi Ashok claimed a share of the lead after the first round of the Hero Women's Indian Open.

Becky Brewerton: Holds share of the lead
Becky Brewerton: Holds share of the lead

The 14-year-old from Bangalore, whose first name means "boundless", carded an opening 69 to join Italian Stefania Croce and Becky Brewerton of Wales at the top of the leaderboard.

Ashok carded five birdies and two bogeys to finish three under par at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon, near New Delhi.

The highlight of Brewerton's round was an eagle on the par-five sixth and she was five under par after 15 holes, but then dropped two shots in her last three.

"I'm happy and it's nice to be up there after round one," said Brewerton, who is targeting her third LET title and first since the Spanish Open in 2009.

"A lot of rounds this year I've struggled so it's nice to be up there again.

"I started off pretty average, parred the first few and then I eagled six, got on in two and made quite a long putt there, so obviously that kicked me on a bit."

Speaking after her round Ashok told "I won a professional event last year so I think that's given me some of the experience I needed to play well today.

"I gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities. I have a good short game and it went well today. My approach shots were also good.

"I am happy to be there on top along with such experienced pros but I am not going to get ahead of myself. I know things can change very quickly."

Collated first round scores in the Ladies European Tour Hero Women's Indian Open, DLF Golf & Country Club, New Delhi, India

(Ind unless stated, par 72):

69 Becky Brewerton (Wal), Stefania Croce (Ita), Aditi Ashok

70 Stacey Keating (Aus), Bree Arthur (Aus), Liebelei Lawrence (Lux), Florentyna Parker (Eng), Jaruporn Palakawong Na Ayutthaya (Tha), Becky Morgan (Wal)

71 Celine Palomar (Fra), Nontaya Srisawang (Tha), Tania Elosegui (Spa), Walailak Satarak (USA), Laura Davies (Eng), Stacy Lee Bregman (Rsa)

72 Caroline Afonso (Fra), Tiffany Tavee (USA), Trish Johnson (Eng), Pornanong Phatlum (Tha), Thidapa Suwannapura (Tha), Connie Chen (Rsa), Gwladys Nocera (Fra), Elizabeth Bennett (Eng), Holly Aitchison (Eng)

73 Margherita Rigon (Ita), Kiran Matharu (Eng), Nikki Garrett (Aus), Nalini Singh Siwach, Sophie Walker (Eng), Sharmila Nicollet

74 Anais Maggetti (Che), Sophie Sandolo (Ita), Numa Gulyanamitta (Tha), Janya Morrakotphan (Tha), Veronica Zorzi (Ita), Hae Ra Park (Kor), Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (Fra), Sahra Hassan (Wal)

75 Carlota Ciganda (Spa), Nichakorn Rakasachat (Tha), Ainil Johani Abu Bakar (Mal), Beth Allen (USA), Julie Greciet (Fra), Rebecca Artis (Aus), Vani Kapoor, Kylie Walker (Sco)

76 Charlotte Ellis (Eng), Noon Huachai (Tha), Raksha Phadke, Ajira Nualraksa (Tha), Amolkan Phalajivin (Tha), Minea Blomqvist (Fin), Carly Booth (Sco), Caroline Hedwall (Swe), Gurbani Singh, Tandi Cuningham (Rsa), Joanna Klatten (Fra), Millie Saroha, Wannasiri Srisampant (Tha), Danielle Montgomery (Eng)

77 Narisara Kerdrit (Tha), Thi Nhung Tang (Vie), Tiranan Yoopan (Tha), Zuzana Kamasova (Svk), Clare Queen (Sco), Valerie Tan (Brn), Pernilla Lindberg (Swe), Nanthikarn Rakasachat (Tha), Pennapa Pulsawath (Tha), Lucie Andre (Fra), Aunchisa Utama (Tha), Titiya Plucksataporn (Tha), Cassandra Kirkland (Fra), Sarah Kemp (Aus)

78 Lorie Kane (Can), Klara Spilkova (Cze), Saaniya Sharma, Ankita Tiwana, Linda Wessberg (Swe), Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang (Tha), Jessica Yadloczky (USA), Louise Larsson (Swe)

79 Shi Hyun Park (Kor), Vikki Laing (Sco), Wichanee Meechai (Tha), Steffi Kirchmayr (Ger), Neha Tripathi

80 Rhea Nair, Saruttaya Ngam-Usawan (Tha), Kusuma Meechai (Tha), Stefanie Michl (Aut), Kaoru Ohori (Jpn)

81 Tanya Wadhwa

82 Yurika Ishida (Jpn), Karen Lunn (Aus), Kym Larratt (Eng), Panuma Vitayakonkomol (Tha), Praewnapa Phol-Uayporn (Tha), Smriti Mehra, Alison Whitaker (Aus)

83 Ryo Noguchi (Jpn), Priya Puri, Rani Sonti

84 Preetinder Kaur, Pinrath Loomboonruang (Tha)

86 Nikki Ponappa

87 Amandeep Drall

94 Shraddhanjali Singh

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