So now we know about the game of golf and how it is played. We also have told you of the Indian golfing greats. So, it’s natural for one to think that we have nothing more to say. But hey! the game of golf has more wonders to display. We have mentioned the pioneers; the beacons of Indian golf and now we have the ones currently creating waves. They are the fiery young blood taking up the golf course by the storm with every success of theirs a harbinger of even better days to come. So, here’s a peep into the present and future of Indian golf, the people who have it in them to make it to the very top.
ADITI ASHOK, Bangalore.
She is the leading lady, the current sensation and the embodiment of pure, natural talent. When golf made its return after 104 years in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Aditi became the first Indian lady golfer to represent India in the Olympics and probably the youngest participant at 18 years of age. She won the 2016 Hero Women’s Indian Open which made her the first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour title. She also won the Qatar Ladies Open in the same year. Aditi also holds the US LPGA tour card for 2017 and has successfully secured her card for 2018 as well. She is also the first Indian ever to qualify for the Season-ending Tour championship on the LPGA this year.
Currently playing; Ladies European tour and LPGA tour.
ANIRBAN LAHIRI, BANGALORE.
He is a powerhouse on the golf course, a force to reckon with when it comes to Indian Golfers. One of the most popular and celebrated Indian golfers, Anirban is also one of the two male Indian golfers to represent India in the Rio Olympics in 2016. He is the third Indian to play in the Masters after Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal. He qualified for the PGA tour 2015. He finished tied 5th at the PGA championship which is the best ever performance by an Indian golfer in a major. He has also represented India in 2013 World Cup, 2016 Eurasia Cup, 2015 and 2017 Presidents cup. He was awarded with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2014. He has won 2 European Tours, 7 Asian tours and 11 PGTI events.
Currently playing; Asian tour, European tour and PGA
SHIV KAPUR, NEW DELHI.
Another big name in Indian golf, Shiv has 3 Asian Tour victories and 2 Challenge Tour victories to his name. He finished tied 23rd in the US Open 2014. As an amateur he has won the individual Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2002. He was given the Arjuna Award in the year 2002 for his contribution to golf.
Currently playing: Asian Tour
GAGANJEET BHULLAR, KAPURTHALA.
He is hard to miss, if it is Indian golf that is being talked about. With 8 Asian tour wins, 9 PGTI wins and 1 European Challenge Tour victory (which made him the first Indian to win an European challenge tour); Bhullar does stand tall in the list of top golfers in the country. He was also given the Arjuna Award for golf in the year 2013.
Currently Playing; Asian tour, PGTI.
CHIRAGH KUMAR, DELHI.
Another golfer to watch out for, Chiragh is greatly popular in the Indian Golf circuit. He has won 1 Asian Tour event and 3 PGTI events. As an amateur, he won the silver medal at the 2006 Asian Games along with Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri.
Currently playing: Asian Tour.
RASHID KHAN, NEW DELHI.
He is young and dynamic, and enjoys great acclaim for his golf. He has 2 Asian tour wins and 5 PGTI wins to his credit. He was also the part of the Indian team which won the silver medal at the 2010 Asian Games.
Currently playing: PGTI, Asian Tour.
HIMMAT RAI, NEW DELHI.
A promising young golfer, Himmat is a go-getter. He has won 1 Asian Tour event and 1 PGTI event so far. One of the most hard-working golfers in the circuit, he shows great potential to obtain heights in Golf.
Currently Playing: Asian Tour.
AJEETESH SANDHU, CHANDIGARH.
All eyes are on him currently, after his recent win at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Chinese Taipei and a Japan Challenge Tour one after the other. Ever since this dapper and extremely talented golfer has been delivering power-packed performances one after the other and has left the Indian golfing fraternity and enthusiasts wanting for more. Ajeetesh, has in total 3 PGTI wins and 1 Asian Tour win so far.
Currently playing: Asian Tour, PGTI.
Impressed much? We’d thought so! But this is just the beginning! There’s more in store for sure, looking at the way Indian golf in unfolding. We know we will keep an eye on them and so will you. Till then, look out for the nearest golf range and try a shot or two!!