Anirban Lahiri, the highest ranked Indian golfer endured a shoulder injury during the British open in Scotland this year. Lahiri was bound to miss the Olympics, but the opportunity to represent the country at Olympics too was once in a lifetime chance. Lahiri thus decided to hide his injury and compete at the Olympics.
Anirban showed great patriotism when he chose to wear the tricolour rather than the millions on offer during the series that lay ahead.
Anirban had a disappointing Olympic outing and is now forced to take four weeks off to nurse his injury.
The top ranked Indian golfer will now miss the lucrative FedexCup Playoffs in his first full season on the PGA TOUR. The good news though is that Anirban has secured his card for the next season and will be eligible to play a full season soon as he recovers.
Golfoy hopes that Anirban makes a quick recovery and return to the greens.
After Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu drew the bronze and silver lining on the Indian medal tally, it was time for Aditi Ashok to flex her muscles and strengthen the Indian Medal tally.
A consistent 68 in the opening two rounds at the Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, made medal hopes for Aditi high, as she was comfortably placed in the top 10.
The round 3 brought disaster for Aditi as she bogeyed a no. of holes and finished the day at 31st place. Aditi’s poor show continued in the last round. She finished at 41st place.
Aditi scored a total of 291 (68,68,79,76).
“My Facebook page and Twitter has been going off quite a lot. I’m happy that a lot of people who didn’t really watch golf are watching golf now (in India). It’s only going to get better from here.”, said Aditi.
South Korean Inbee Park clinched the gold with a total score of 16-under 268 (66-66-70-66), while New Zealand teenage sensation Lydia Ko scored 11-under 273 (69-70-65-69) for the silver. China’s Shanshan Feng, with a cumulative score of 274 (70-67-68-69), settled for the bronze.
B.R. Ambedkar said, “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.” So, it stands true that to check and comment on the progress of golf in India, we need to comment on the women playing golf in the country. Women golfers are slowly and steadily coming to the forefront and it shouldn’t be long before they reach the very top.
Some of the professional female golfers who are noteworthy are as under:
This 18 year from Bangalore is making the nation proud in Women’s golf. The only Indian women in the top 500 of Official Women’s World Ranking (Rolex Ranking), she also holds 57th Rank in the Olympic Rankings on IGFGOLF.org. Aditi turned professional in January 2016 and since has given Indian community enough reasons to be proud of her.
This 5’5” girl stands tall with an Official Women’s World Ranking (Rolex Ranking) of 740. She is a member of the Indian golf team and started playing golf when she was just 9 years old.
23 year old Gauri is from New Delhi and ranks 843 in the Official Women’s World Ranking (Rolex Ranking). She started playing golf when she was 12. She turned pro in 2014 and also won the title of Rolex Player of the year in 2008 and 2010. Before turning pro in 2014 she ranked #1 on the IGU Ladies Amateur Merit list 2008-09 and 2010-11.
Vani is a 22 year old pro golfer from Delhi. She turned professional in 2012 and ranks 865 according to Official Women’s World Ranking (Rolex Ranking). She was also appointed Thailand’s Golf Ambassador in February this year. Before turning pro Vani was ranked #1 Women Amateur Golfer in India in 2009 and 2011.
Sharmila is a 25 Year old Bengaluru girl was the youngest Indian golfer to qualify for the european tour. She won her first tournament at the age of 14 with a staggering margin of 15 Strokes. She is known for her aggressive rounds of practicing & spends at least 6 hours a day on the course. She Ranked #1 in 2011 on the WGAI rankings & is ranked 7th in 2016. But this fighter looks ferocious this season & is expected to give other contenders a run for their money
Let’s support the women golfers as much as the men. Hopefully there would be many more professional female golfers in India by 2020.