A star in the making

Sangeet Paul

Sangeet Paul  

THREE years ago, Sangeet Paul was in the Rajagiri Public School basketball team. He had even sparkled in a couple of State-level tournaments, at Thevara and in Alappuzha. But early last year, the youngster's sporting career took a surprise turn.

He gave up his five-year-old affair with basketball and, hold your breath, took up golf. ''My dad, who goes to the US often, advised me to take up golf. He said it would come in handy in case I planned to pursue higher studies abroad,'' said Sangeet.

Whatever, Sangeet was quick to pick up the basics of the new sport at the nine-hole Naval Golf Club in Kochi. He even won his debut event, the `monthly medal round' at the NGC.

A three-hour stint during weekends and coaching tips from a Delhi coach fine-tuned his game. And last month, the 12th standard student of Rajagiri (Kalamassery) finished third in the Cochin Shipyard Cup and the Chief Engineers Cup open tourneys, at the Naval Golf Club. He was adjudged the `most promising player' of the NGC the other day.

His confident clearly up, Sangeet plans to take on a bigger world. ''There aren't many tournaments in Kerala, so I plan to go to Ooty or Coimbatore and play in a couple of events there,'' he said.

Just a year in golf and Sangeet has already made a mark in the local circuit. He plans to take the sport more seriously now.

Good progress indeed.

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