GOLF Raian Irani, president of the Indian Golf Union, talks about golf and its future in India
Raian F. Irani, an industrialist from Mysore, took over as the President of the Indian Golf Union (IGU) He has worked for the development of junior golf in the country when he was in the Junior Committee of IGU for over ten years. Excerpts from an interview:
You have been nominated as the President of IGU for 2013-14. How do you feel after being given this responsibility to run Indian golf?
I'm honoured to be in this position and it's fantastic that that the Council and State Association have selected me for this coveted post. My appointment also shows to the country that administrators cannot only come from the metros, but from smaller towns also.
What are your immediate plans for improving golf in our country at the amateur level?
This year, we have come up with a strategic plan called Tee20 as the vision of Indian golfing. It's a general plan to improve golf from 2013 to 2020 in India. The IGU keystones are: Grow, Sustain and Excel. We want to increase the number of 8-16 year-olds playing golf at accredited clubs, grow golf in schools and local clubs and incorporate recommendations of a consultant from Golf Australia, Dominic Walls to improve the skills and performance of those in the talent pool.
Are more number of golf courses necessary in the country to popularize the sport?
The number of 18 hole golf courses coming up in the country is rising up, but the government needs to support by developing driving ranges. They do not occupy much space and give the opportunity to practice.