No Olympic medal for Aditi Ashok, but she earned the golf world’s respect

By Tod Leonard | Golf Digest

Gold, silver or bronze. The medal didn’t matter. And in the end, getting no jewelry at all didn’t tarnish the respect and admiration Aditi Ashok earned as a Tokyo Olympian. She was the flyweight boxer buzzing circles around the heavyweights. She was the rowing team with balsa wood for paddles. If she was in shooting, her weapon of competition would have been a BB gun.

Think about this: Ashok, the slightly built 23-year-old pro from India, regularly gave up more than 40 yards off the tee to her playing partners, Nelly Korda and Lydia Ko, in the final round of the Olympic women’s golf competition at Kasumigaseki Country Club. For the week, she ranked 59th out of 60 players in driving distance with a 226-yard average and was 47th in strokes gained/off-the-tee.

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