The Golf Industry Association (GIA) Board unanimously elected Deepali Shah Gandhi (Zaverchand Sports) as President for the 2018-19 season. The decision was made during the 7th India Golf Expo in Bengaluru.
Deepali takes over the reins of the association from Devang Shah, Managing Director of Navratna Group, who developed the Kalhaar Blues & Greens course in Ahmedabad.
Born in 1959, Deepali belongs to the family of Zaverchand Laxmichand of Vadodara, Gujarat. In the absence of her father, Late Vinay Shah of Baroda Rayon Corp., she was nurtured by her maternal uncle Ashok Krishnadas. On her paternal side, she is the granddaughter of Late K K Shah, Hon. Governor of Tamil Nadu in the early 70s.
Zaverchand Sports Pvt Ltd. were pioneers in the field, having first developed golf head production in India. As the business grew, Deepali became involved in the distribution of golf brands such as Titleist, Footjoy, Club Car, Bagboy and Bushnell, which they continue to do today.
Based in Mumbai, Deepali travels across the country and has personally visited more than 100 clubs over the years.
She served on the Board of Directors of GIA, and was one of its founding members.
Expressing gratitude at being elected, Deepali said: “I am humbled to be elected President. My vision is to increase number of golfers through GIA’s initiative, India Learn Golf Week coming up in September every year and bring the industry plights to the forefront so that products become more affordable and create a larger platform for the industry to operate from.”
(Read more in the May issue of Golf Digest India. Download here.)