Noida: From Samastipur village in Bihar to becoming the top ranked golfer in the domestic circuit, Ashok Kumar's story could be that of any caddy turned professional golfer. However, this youngster who won his fourth title of the season recently says he will not be content with just winning titles in India and wants to carry his form to the international level. "I am not thinking about the Indian Tour right now, my main aim is to win the US Open. I feel that if I can play well here and shoot 20 under, then I can shoot about 12 under because it is an 8 shot difference, but of course that is all a long way off," said Ashok. Finishing in style Ashok turned professional in 2001 and won his first career title in his first year itself, ending that season placed 64th in the Indian order of merit. In just the next season, he jumped nearly 60 places to finish fifth. And though he began 2003 slowly, he finished in style with three wins giving him the number one spot in the order of merit. But that was just a warm-up for this current season, which includes two top 10 finishes and then four tournament wins in a row starting with the Hero Honda Open South in Bangalore in September. Hard struggle However, for the young boy who came to Delhi looking for a job in 1988 the rise to the number one spot has not been easy. During his stint as caddy to Asian Games gold medalist and Arjuna Awardee Amit Luthra, he was accused of stealing at the Air force Golf course and banned from entering the course. Luthra however, enrolled him at the Delhi Golf Course in 1995 and from there on there has been no looking back for this young golfer from Samastipur, Bihar. "When the problem happened at the Air Force Golf Club, it was a good thing for me because there was no facility for caddies to practice. But I feel that whatever has happened has all been a decision of the almighty," said Ashok. Ashok's dream like any other golfer is to make a mark at the USA PGA tour. But up next for this 'local Tiger Woods", as he is called by his friends are the Asian tour events. And may be in the years to come Ashok may actually go the Tiger Woods way who is also his favourite golfer.
Topics : Golf