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Girls get up close to golf heroes in India

The R&A recently supported the Ladies European Tour in facilitating an achievers camp for young girls in India.

Working together with the Women’s Golf Association and the Indian Golf Union, the camp was held during the Hero Women’s Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club.

The junior golfers travelled from across India to attend the first event of its kind on the LET, which included a Q&A with Simi Mehra, the first Indian to play on the LPGA Tour, and clinics with professional golfers Carlota Ciganda, Neha Tripathi and Carly Booth.

The camp began with an introduction to the workings of the LET as an organisation. Mike Round, Director of Development, spoke about encompassing culture around the world with golf as a common theme. He said, “We’d like to challenge the norm, and in the process, inspire people to come into the sport. The idea is to generate a lot of interest and engage with fans.”

The juniors were also given a brief history of the tour, which was launched in 1978, highlighting the 2016 season and the Solheim Cup. Before enjoying access to the course to watch some of the world’s leading female golfers, Mehra spoke about achieving her ambitions.

She told the young golfers, “When I was 14, I told my mother I wanted to play on the LPGA Tour. It wasn’t easy to do considering that no one from India had ever done it before.

“Annika (Sorenstam) once helped me with my putting stroke before a round. She then went on to tell me that we must play together against the course, and battle like lions. We need strong, independent athletes like her in our country.”

Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said, “The R&A has supported the Women’s Indian Open since 2014 and as part of our commitment to women’s golf, increased our funding to the Ladies European Tour and Access Series in 2017.

“By running clinics at high profile women’s events such as this, young aspiring golfers can see inspirational role models up close, which can only help in producing the next Aditi Ashok.”