Aditi Ashok, Tvesa Malik, Diksha Dagar make cut at Saudi Ladies golf

Ashok was the highest placed at T-13 while Malik and Dagar sneaked through by two and one shots respectively.

By Rahul Venkat ·

Indian golfers Aditi Ashok, Tvesa Malik, and Diksha Dagar all made the weekend cut at the inaugural Saudi Ladies International on the Ladies European Tour (LET) on Friday.

Three-time LET winner Aditi Ashok was the best-placed Indian golfer after two rounds, sitting tied-13th with an aggregate of one-under, eight shots behind leader Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark.

Aditi, who finished tied-sixth at Dubai last week, had carded two bogeys and a birdie in the opening round to have a score of one-over 73. However, the Rio 2016 Olympian put on an improved show in the second round.

Aditi Ashok began with three pars before carding a first birdie of the day on the par-5 fourth and then carded another on the par-4 seventh to end the front nine two-under.

A bogey followed on the 11th but the Indian golfer ended on a high with a third birdie of the round on the 18th to be placed tied-13th.

The upcoming Tvesa Malik carded an aggregate six-over, with identical three-over scores in each round, to be placed tied-56th.

Southpaw Diksha Dagar was a further shot back at seven-over and eventually went through to the weekend as the last group of golfers at tied-61st.

The fourth Indian golfer in the field, Astha Madan, however could not join her compatriots over the weekend at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club. Madan finished with a nine-over.

While Danish golfer Pedersen held the outright lead by two shots going into the weekend, Welshwoman Lydia Hall climbed seven places from the opening round to keep the pressure with a seven-under.

First-round leader Georgia Hall of England meanwhile, fell two places to be third at six-under. Germans Esther Henseleit and Laura Fuenfstueck sat tied-fifth with five-under while two-time major champion Anna Nordqvist of Sweden sat tied-sixth with four-under.