Bangalore: Hundred of the best young golfers in the country are in Bangalore to participate in the Royal Challenge Southern Indian Amateur golf tournament, another sign that enthusiastic golfers are teeing off at a young age. "We are provided with better facilities in the golf course, people are taking care, the management is better - there are leader boards and all. We get a lot of encouragement for junior golf in the amateur circuit because they really have something to look forward for," said Amardip Sinh Malik, golfer. "Amateur golf is the grooming ground for golf in India. We've got a sponsor now - this is the very first time we actually got a sponsor in the history of Indian golf. With a structured amateur set-up, just imagine the sky's the limit," said Ashwin Krishnan, Tiger Sports. The four day stroke play event sees only the top 40 going through to the last two days, and the performance over all four days counts to deciding the winner among these future stars. "I've been playing for 10 years, started playing at 7, now I'm 17. There are stages, like junior, amateur, and then you turn professional, so these are the beginning years where you have to do really well," said Aditya Singh, golfer. The greater interest and sponsorship being giving to amateur golf tournaments in the country means better facilities for these young players. That can only result in a better standard of golf in the future in the country.
Topics : Golf