Prarthana Khanna wins U-12 Gold at DLF Golf & Country Club
9-year-old Prarthana Khanna won gold in the Under-12 category of the 52nd Lufthansa Junior Golf Club Tournament on April 27. Nearly 70 players from across the country took part in the event, organized by DLF and Lufthansa at DLF Golf & Country Club (Gurgaon), in various categories.
Prarthana, who took to the sport at the age of 6, qualified for the tournament based on her last ranking by Indian Golf Union (No. 1 in the Under-10 category). She played five matches in the Indian Golf Union Feeder Tour 2017 and came first in Chandigarh. “Winning means everything for me. My goal is to win every tournament I take part in,” the Tiger Woods fan said.
The Gurgaon-based youngster trains at Hamoni Golf Camp and made her mark in 2016 when she won the ‘Player of the Year’ award on the Albatross Tour, on the back of three wins.
32nd Annual Usha Junior Training Programme at Delhi Golf Club
The 32nd annual Usha Junior Training Programme (JTP) got underway at the Delhi Golf Club on May 14, 2018. Meant to introduce youngsters (aged 8 to 17) to golf, the programme is divided into four 10-days camps — starting May 14, May 24, June 3, and June 13 — and has discovered and nurtured talented juniors like Rashid Khan, Ashok Kumar, and Gauri Monga.
The JTP trains over 200 kids on several aspects of the game under the guidance of well-known Category-A coaches that include, Vikram Sethi, Nonita Lall Qureshi, and Jasjit Singh. The kids are segregated by their level of ability – to provide the best guidance accordingly. A daily session of two-hours covers different aspects of the game. Besides spotting talent, these camps also help inculcate a healthy and active lifestyle amongst the youth.
Ms. Komal Mehra (Events Head, Usha International) said, “Usha International’s continued partnership with JTP for over a decade is but a reiteration of its commitment to developing golf in the country. It is amazing to see the talent pool in our country. I feel so fortunate to be a part of an initiative where children who may not otherwise have access to a golf course also get a chance to shine.