While most of the women golfers at the championship came across as very passionate about the sport, they had varied reasons for taking to golf. Although the younger lot plan to take up the sport professionally, the elderly take it up for recreation. For others, it is a mark of progress of women in the arena of sports as well.
Here are some interesting views that a couple of them shared with HT City during the 21st Punjab Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship 2015
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Meanwhile, the north zone representative of the Indian Golf Union, Pauline JM Singh, addressed the issue in a different light. “I feel a lot of young women take to golf but fade away later. It has a lot to do with parents ideating with the fact that their daughters should be restricted to a sport within the school premises as they consider it to be a safer environment. I feel it’s the other way round, it can’t get any safer than this when you come out and play on the golf course with so many talented people,” she said. Pauline reiterated on the need to encourage young women not to be afraid to develop a career in golf and other sports for that matter. Citing her own example, she shared how she continues to play just so that she can continue to inspire her daughter, who also plays golf.
Pali Sukarchakia, 79 years, Chandigarh
I started playing golf after my granddaughters, who are professional golfers themselves, gifted me a golf set. Although I enjoy the game but I don’t think I would have been able to manage a full-fledged career in it. Looking at my young granddaughters, I feel it leaves no time for anything else. It’s not an easy profession. People at our age are still comparatively free from all their responsibilities so it’s a more convenient option according to me.
Tavleen Batra, first year student in MCM College, Chandigarh
“Time-management is the key. Besides, I took up humanities in the 11th grade so that I could balance it with long hours of playing golf and attending my tournaments. I think it’s all about knowing your priorities. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way to achieve the same. I’ve had to cut down on my social outings to balance my studies and career in sports. I can’t deny the fact that isn’t easy. Just keep the passion alive!
Malini Joshi, 55 years, Gurgaon
I’m a working woman and hence finding the time to play tournaments at times isn’t easy but I’ve started taking golf a lot more seriously in the past 6-7 months. Considering am a social media marketing consultant, so I’m able to juggle my hours but one has to be true to one’s passion. I’ve seen a lot of elderly women take to golf as I think it’s easier for them to devote time to it. One has to have considerable amount of time at one’s end for the game.