The juniors were shown around the tournament village on Sunday morning before heading off to the course to watch proceedings of the Hero Women’s Indian Open final round.
David Clutterbuck from the Ladies European Tour (LET), who worked on live scoring this week, explained to the aspiring golfers how the entire system of documenting goes on during a tournament. Each individual hole is assigned a volunteer who in turn keys in shot-by-shot proceedings of the field digitally as they pass by.
They were then taken to the hospitality tent to show them the operations behind the scenes that keep a professional golf tournament running smoothly without any hindrances, before being ushered into the all-important media tent.
Mike Round, International Director (Development) of the LET, spoke about the generation of reports and features on websites, magazines and newspapers that make their way around the golf world, and how it all starts from here.
When the rookie Camille Chevalier of France holed out to win the tournament, the juniors were given a front seat to the action including the trophy presentation and a photograph with the winner.
LET chairman Mark Lichtenhein was happy to see the juniors as an important part of the tournament. “It just shows the underlying role our golfers have in bringing on the next generation. This comes more naturally to the women athletes as role models. We’ve made huge strides over eight years since we began co-sanctioning the Indian Open. The next step would be to make this a four-day tournament with live television coverage. India, in my opinion, has huge potential for golf. We could even have a mini Pro-Am where the juniors can play a hole with the professionals.”
(Read more in the December issue of Golf Digest India. Download here.)