With cricket the prime love of most Indians, it has always been difficult for other sports to get instant attention. And it is definitely tougher when you are a woman. (Women's cricket is a ready instance). But the lady golfers who assembled at the inaugural ceremony of the 39th Ladies' Northern Indian Golf Championship at Delhi Golf Club this past week did not seem bothered about being a woman and putting. Siddarth Sriram of the Siddarth Sriram Group of Companies, who inaugurated the event, said, "Ladies' golf has been undernourished and not supported." He said that is why he chose to support golf for the last 18 years over other sports. "This championship has prospered over the years and has nurtured talents," he added.
With more than 100 entries and 95 women golfers participating, the Championship, which ends this coming Friday, has indeed made significant progress. "Now golf has become available to more people. Enthusiasm is there. Many youngsters are coming forward. But there is still a lack of sponsorships and encouragement of the game," pointed out Gaby Juneja, ex-captain, Delhi Ladies Golf Club.Among others, the championship has seen some very young and talented golfers like 17-year-old Meghna Bal, the winner of the All India Junior 2004, 16-year-old Vaishnavi Sinha, a sub junior champion, and 13-year-old Laverry Kumar. Most of these players have already represented India in various international championships. Excited about the Championship, Mehar, yet another young participant, said, "It would be nice if it keeps going." Well putted!