Two days ago, she came from Kolkata after competing at the Tolly Club Open golf tournament and now she is all geared up to participate at the 21st edition of the Punjab Open Ladies golf tournament at Chandigarh Golf Club. For 79-yr-old grandmother, Pali Sukerchakia, golf has become a way of life. When she tees off at the Punjab Open on Tuesday, she will be the eldest participant.
Former All-India Inter-Varsity volleyball champion and Chandigarh state badminton winner Pali is just nine-year old in golf. But since her first day on the greens, golf has become an integral part of her life.
“I am into golf because of my granddaughters. They gifted me golf set on my 70th birthday and only at that time I thought of giving the sport a try. And today I am traveling to places to compete,” says Pali, whose granddaughters Mehar and Sehar are international golfers.
“A couple of years ago, me and my granddaughter Sehar Atwal competed in this tournament, which was a real fun and honour for me. Currently Mehar is studying in USA on golf scholarship and the younger one is gearing up for a forthcoming international event in China,” she adds.
Pali will not be the only “super granny” set to walk the CGC greens on Tuesday. Following her closely is Dalbir Sahi, who would turn 78 on February 28.
“I had never played golf in my life. It was only after my son settled down in life and I was relieved from family responsibilities that I thought of giving it (golf) a try just to pass time. Today, I cannot think of life without golf,” said Sahi.
“It’s a matter of satisfaction that we inspire many women to forget their age and join a sporting activity,” remarked Sahi, who was the club’s ladies captain during 1999-2000.
The other in the 70-plus ladies circuit is Gurbrinder Johal from Chandigarh and Rama Khanna and Kamal (both form Delhi).