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Minutes of meeting in Mumbai nail IGU's 'lies'

As the apex body, the Indian Golf Union (IGU) lists the promotion and development of golf as its primary objective.

other Updated: Sep 11, 2010 02:20 IST
Robin Bose
Robin Bose
Hindustan Times

As the apex body, the Indian Golf Union (IGU) lists the promotion and development of golf as its primary objective.

However, that does not seem to be the case and proof lies in the imbroglio surrounding the IMG-Reliance Scholarships for India.

The novel scheme touched a raw chord within the IGU as it was initially routed through the Professional Golf Tour of India, a move termed by the former as a violation of the R&A's (Royal and Ancient Club of St Andrews, the governing body) amateur status rules.

Initially, the IGU did appear to strike a point when it claimed the PGTI informed it about the scholarships at the "eleventh hour", making it impossible for the IGU to react.

It has now come to light that the IGU was in the know of the scheme from the beginning and its reaction was intended to "put a spanner in the works". By doing so, the aim was to show who was in command.

Hindustan Times has learnt that soon after the PGTI sent out letters in early June to coaches, asking them to recommend their wards for the trials on July 8-9 at the DLF Golf & Country Club, it had also got in touch with Alan Singh, the IGU's National High Performance Manager.

In turn, Alan not only shared the IGU's Order of Merit with the PGTI, he also recommended several names for the trials.

The clinching evidence came during the meeting of the IGU Council in Mumbai on July 3. Point 18 of the minutes, which are in HT's possession, states: "The Council was informed by the National High Performance Manager that PGTI has planned, with funding from Reliance, to send 15 juniors to the IMG Academy in Florida and that the PGTI has ambitions to become the apex body for golf in India".

Attempts to contact Alan on Friday were futile, as he did not take calls nor responded to SMSs.

The PGTI, which has since withdrawn from the programme to enable the IGU assume charge, said, “It's a closed chapter. We have plenty on our plate. There's lots to look forward to, we've moved on.”

First Published: Sep 11, 2010 02:18 IST