As many Indian golfers know, the IGU has been facing headwinds as the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs had some years ago directed the IGU to rewrite its constitution in keeping with the National Sports Code ( NSC), which IGU delayed rewriting for a variety of reasons.
Basically, as per the NSC, voting members of the IGU have to be representatives of state golf associations instead of golf clubs. And each state would have one vote no matter whether they had ten golf courses or one, or in some cases, no golf course at all ! Since state golf associations had never been formed earlier, there was a sudden rush to register these bodies. Surprisingly, Army Officers have formed and occupied many of the positions in the state associations.
Lt Gen Anbu, while serving as Vice Chief of Army Staff, had been voted President of the IGU since 2018, in what is called a “caretaker” role. However it has become apparent that the Army intends to keep the presidency and wants to control a majority of the State associations which might mean that they can continue to vote Army officers in as the office bearers of the IGU for many years to come.
Many golf administrators feel Army Officers controlling the IGU may not serve in the best interests of the game since Army courses firstly are not open to civilian play , they are called “Army Environmental and Protected/ Training Areas ( AEPTA)” and not golf courses.
Army courses don’t host national tournaments and don’t possess golf academies for training promising and top Indian players. All the important golf activity takes place at civilian courses and that too on just a handful of the 18 hole championship quality courses that exist.
You can read veteran sports writer G Rajaraman’s detailed analysis of the controversial manner in which the Electoral College has been compiled. Click on circleofsport.com/
On December 18th, a handful of experienced golf administrators were called in, as per required process to scrutinise the electoral rolls and record their observations, objections and approval. All objections were summarily rejected by the returning officer, who is, incidentally appointed by the office bearers of IGU themselves, which virtually guarantees that impartiality of judgement could be compromised. Read all about it here in yet another insightful piece by Rajaraman: Anbu set to lead IGU after Returning Officer over-rules objections against all nominees
For those who are interested in knowing who their state golf association’s representatives are – here is the list reproduced for your convenience.
The Indian Golf Union
Election of Office Bearers and Members of Governing Council for 2020-22
|Sr No||Name of Affiliated Member State|
|Name of Authorized|
|Name of Authorized
|1||Andaman & Nicobar Islands Golf|
|Lt Col Yogendra Duhan||Capt Parikshit Bishnoi|
|2||Arunachal Pradesh Golf|
|Lt Gen Harpal Singh||Brig Jose Abraham|
|3||AP Golf Association||Mr AV Monish Row||Cmde G Vinod Babu|
|4||All Golf Clubs Association Tamil|
|Mr Ishwar Achanta||Mr S Raamasubramanian
|5||Assam Golf Association||Mr CK Bhuyan||Mr Ajay Jalan|
|6||Bengal Golf Association||Mr Anil Bhargava||Mr Dipak Barma|
|7||Chandigarh Golf Association||Mr PS Pruthi||Mr Ranjit Kumar
|8||Delhi Golf Society||Mr Amit Luthra||Mr Rakesh Sharm|
|9||Goa Golf Association||Capt Harvinder Avtar||Capt Luvkeesh Thakur
|10||Golf Course Owners Association|
|Mr Devang Shah||Mr Sameer Sinha|
|11||Himachal Pradesh Proam Golf|
|Lt Gen VK Mishra||Col Vishal Pathak|
|12||Jharkhand Golf Society||Mr Farzan Heerjee||Maj Gen KS Brar|
|13||Kerala Golf Federation||Mr John Thomas||Mr S N Raghuchandran
|14||Madhya Prant Golf Association||Lt Gen Asit Mistry||Lt Col Ashish Rana|
|15||Maharashtra State Golf Association||Mr Brijinder Singh||Ms Nina Alagh|
|16||Meghalaya Golf Promoters Society||Mr Gaurav Bajaj||Col SG Dilbagi|
|17||Manipur State Golf Association||Mr Rachandra Singh||Maj Santosh|
|18||North Star Golf Association J&K||Lt Gen D Anbu||Col Pushp K Chaudhary|
|19||Nagaland Golf Association||Col R Balasubramanian||Lt Col Dipankar Gogoi|
|20||Orrisa Golf Association||Mr Asit Kumar Tripathy||Mr Tapan Kumar Mohanty|
|21||Punjab Golf Association||Mr SK Sharma||Mr Gurjit Singh Lehal|
|22||Red Shield Gunners Association|
|Col Sanjay Dhall||Col Rohit Gupta
|23||Rajasthan Golf Association||Mr Shyam Sunder||Mr Navdeep Singh|
|24||Sikkim State Golf Association||Brig KS Dhadwal||Lt Col Sandeep Bajwa|
|25||Telangana Golf Association||Mr Bhaskar A Reddy||Mr Mir Nasir Ali Khan|
|26||UP Golf Society||Lt Gen AKS Chandele||Mr Sanjeev Rattan|
|27||Uttranchal Golf Federation||Mr VK Dandona||Col Atul Thapliyal|