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Romancing the greens the sportive way

V.V. Subrahmanyam
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Amazing talent: Haridhar Reddy first featured in a major event in the South Zone Juniors winning many first places in the process
Amazing talent: Haridhar Reddy first featured in a major event in the South Zone Juniors winning many first places in the process

He has a fascination for the greens since he was just four years of age. And even when he walked on the golf course tentatively then, the old-timers could see the spark of amazing talent in him. And now, Haridhar Reddy, is fast proving a point or two, winning titles regularly and more importantly retaining the passion for the sport.

This 10th standard student of Hyderabad Public School first featured in a major event in the South Zone juniors in Ooty and Coorg, winning many first places in the process. For someone who learnt the basics from the qualified coach Krishnan of Chennai, Haridhar has always shown wonderful ability to grasp the essence of what means to be a good player.

The training stint in Brisbane in Australia (2007 & 2008) has elevated his game to a new level and now under the tutelage of Hyderabad Golf Association coach Sanjay Singh he is keen on improving.

Critics do remind that his success stories in the Cadburys event in Brisbane (2007) and the US Kids Golf Championship (2008) were just what the doctor had prescribed for this young talent so early.

So, when the 14-year-old Haridhar won the gross prize in the Jungle Lodges event at Hyderabad Golf Club last week where in about 150 golfers from across the South Zone took part, he was only serving another reminder of his continuing romance with the sport. Interestingly, C. V. Ramana Reddy, another local boy runner-up in this category.

In the juniors category, Sachin Singh finished a creditable second in the age group category of 19 to 24 years.

For the record, HGA coach Sanjay Singh is also the mentor of the other promising youngsters including Hardik, Rohan Reddy, Karan, Sneha, Virat and Shyam.

With Mr. Bhasker Reddy, Commissioner, Income Tax, taking keen interest to promote the sport, things are expected to take an upswing on the greens, ensuring adequate coaching and exposure to the likes of Haridhar.

For his part, Haridhar, who admires the great Tiger Woods, says he will definitely represent HGA and also help in promoting junior golf. Before moving onto the next big event – South Zone juniors in Ooty from April 16 and later in the Indian Golf Union championships in different centres of India, this Hyderabadi is also keen to make a mark in academics.

“Once I complete by schooling, I wish to be a doctor doing the course in US were one can also pursue sports with a specially designed curriculum,” he says with a typical smile which should also be a pointer that young talent can aim big both in sports and academics simultaneously.

V.V. Subrahmanyam

Haridhar Reddy, is fast proving a point or two, winning titles regularly and more importantly retaining the passion for the sport

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