Aditi Ashok played a solid four-under 68 to move up from tied-28th to tied-10th in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai on Thursday.
Aditi, who has already won the Fatima Bint Mubarak title in Abu Dhabi, is seeking a Desert Double and is now five-under 139 and five shots behind the leader Anne Van Dam (69-65) of the Netherlands.
What was particularly pleasing for Aditi was that it was a bogey free round with two birdies on either side of the turn. She had birdies on second and third and then 17th and 18th. In between she did miss a few birdies, but also saved some pars nicely.
Currently 10th in the LET Order of Merit despite only a handful of starts – just six – Aditi can shoot up the rankings to inside top-3 with a good finish this week.
Aditi was second last year when she was a rookie and she emerged as the Rookie of the Year.
A change of putter worked wonders for long-hitting Anne Van Dam, who blitzed the front nine to move atop the leaderboard.
Starting the second round two shots off the pace, the 22 -year-old Dutch star fired a flawless seven-under 65 to reach 10-under for the tournament, a good two shots ahead of Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald.
England’s Georgia Hall, placed 14th overnight, carded a sparkling 67 to join Australia’s Celina Yuan and Thidapa Suwannapura for a share of third on seven-under as overnight leader Supamas Sangchan slipped to tied sixth after returning a 71.