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Coaching Seminar conducted by PGA of India
In an effort to improve and add to the knowledge base of teachers and to expose and train them in the various methods of teaching and use of teaching aids, the PGA of India will be conducting regular Teaching Seminars for all existing teachers, prospective teachers, parents of junior golfers who wish to improve their knowledge in these various aspects of teaching golf.
It has been observed during Junior Tournaments that a number of parents coach their own children. This seminar is therefore arranged specifically for such parents and aspiring golf teachers to learn the usage and operation of various teaching aids and technological tools.

The seminar will cover the following topics on various levels:-

1. The use and extensive practical training in video technology, swing analysis software, launch monitors, golf simulators etc.
2. Theory of Club fitting and basic practical application.
3. Mental golf training procedures and mental profiling systems.
4. Golf Fitness and awareness of the same. How to deal with golf injuries and its rehabilitation and prevention.
5. Swing Faults & fixes, Various teaching techniques etc.
6. Use of digital video analysis, software technology and its implementation (training will be provided on how to use video camera and swing analysis software effectively during a lesson).
7. The facility of the use of V1 digital analysis software to every teacher who does not have software of his own for the analysis of his student's swing.

This will ensure that the knowledge of the teacher is improved on and is able to provide a solution in all the various aspects of teaching golf and conducting his business professionally and effectively. Various form of revenue generation will be discussed which will help the teacher in this regard.

As part of the PGA of India’ silver Jubilee celebrations, the golfing Gods were present to acknowledge the Indian Golfing greats when they showed up to compete in the Inaugural Seniors’ PGA Championship of India played at the Classic Golf Resort on the 12th and 13th of Dec 2013. They provided glorious golfing weather, which coupled with a golf course in prime shape and the Seniors in emotionally charged high spirits, created a unique golfing environment and event.

Promoted by the Professional Golfers Association of India, the tournament with prize money of Rs 4 lacs was created to acknowledge the yeomen service that the senior professional golfers of India have given to Indian golf, enabling it scale the heights that we see today. And the senior players, of ages 50 years and above responded to this initiative in style.

58 years old Balbir Singh Verma swung his clubs like a young man and with two quality rounds of 69 and 68 won the tournament quite comfortably. His two day total of 7-under 137 gave him a 12 shot victory over Hari Ram who finished second with a combined two day total of 149 (73 + 76).

Hitting the ball long and straight and aided by a deft putting touch which he attributed to a new putter, which looks like a space shuttle, Balbir fired 6 birdies each on both the days and received Rs 50,000 for his winning effort. The length of his driving enabled him fly over all the hazards on the course quite comfortably, while the others has to deal with them, unsuccessfully at times.

The course was set up in a unique manner to allow for the different age groups which varied from those in their 50’s to some in their 70’s. All the players played off the White tees of the “Canyon” and “Ridge” nines of the Classic Golf Resort. Playing field was levelled by giving all participants the opportunity to play from distance that are properly aligned with their abilities.

And Kapil Dev demonstrated this ability in good measure when he won in the amateurs category by birdieing the last hole. He required only 2 shots to get onto the green of the par 5 hole. His two day total of 151 (75 + 76) enabled him pip Gangesh Khaitan 152 (76 + 76) by a stroke.

So while Balbir benefited tremendously thanks to his long hitting and raced away with the title, the other players were bunched together quite close and a keen contest was witnessed for the other positions.
The Kanpur trio of DK Verma 150 (76+74), Ajay Kumar Yadav 151(73+78) and Shiv Prakash 152(72+80) claimed the third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Amongst the well known players, Brandon de Souza finished 15th with a score of 161(81+80). Rohtas Singh showed a lot of courage by just showing up and playing inspite of a recurring shoulder problem and surprised himself by shooting two decent rounds of 81 and 83 to finish 24th with a score of 164. Digraj Singh managed a similar feat, but aided by the fact that he was perhaps the youngest senior there, shot rounds of 77 and 76 to finish 6th with a score of 153.

In the super seniors’ category which was for players of 60 years and above, Mohd. Abdul Rashid Langoo from Srinagar emerged the winner with a two day total of 159 (78 + 81).

The Pro-Am of the event was played on the 14th of Dec and 81 players showed up to compete in a modified stableford format. One unique element of the format was that the professional golfers also received a handicap based on their 2 tournament rounds. Teams consisting of a minimum of one professional in the four ball played the scramble format and perhaps the combination of so many unique elements contributed towards some very low scoring.
Shiv Prakash from Kanpur inspired his team of Col. Narendar Singh, Ateet Gaur and Capt. Cheema to win the Pro Am quite comfortably with a score of 48 nett (24 under par). The runner’s up team was the team comprising of the Seniors’ PGA Champion Balbir Verma and amateurs Gurnam Arora, Sudhir Seth and M K Trisal who scored 51 nett (21 under).

All in all it was a tremendous and unique event which began with the new President of the PGA of India Vicky Shaw declaring that they would hold the event, irrespective of whether they had a sponsor or not, as soon as they got the dates and a generous promise of unconditional support from the Classic Golf Resort. And supported ably by his Vice President Romit Bose and Digraj Golf Inc, who also stepped in at the last moment to help out, they managed to pull off a quality event within no time.

With no time for a proper sales activity, Vicky Shaw and Romit Bose harnessed support and donations in various forms and somehow cobbled together enough resources to pull off a decent event.

In the Opening ceremony Vicky Shaw informed all those present that “within the PGA of India we have seen a new energy recently. We have been strategizing and have decided that henceforth, the Professional Golfers Association of India will demonstrate that leadership in the Indian Golfing environment which will help the sport grow and provide an enhanced livelihood and opportunities to all associated with it”.

He also announced that next year, in 2014, there would be 5 events, which would perhaps be the first step towards a Seniors Tour. He also appealed to the audience to help support the players and the tour in any manner that they could.

The sentiment was reiterated during the Prize Distribution which preceded the Pro-Am during which the Honb’le Minister MNRE Dr Farooq Abdullah gave away the prizes to the Championship winners.

Another unique element of the event was the Acknowledgement Ceremony that was coupled with the Prize Distribution in which the PGA of India acknowledged those Individuals who have contributed tremendously towards the growth of golf in India, especially professional golf in India. They were presented citations and lovely shawls by Dr Abdullah.

The individuals acknowledged for their contributions were Rohtas Singh, Ram Dayal, Basad Ali, Ashok Malik, Vikramjit Singh, PK Bhattacharyya, SC Sekhar, Ravi Puri, Brandon de Souza, Rishi Narain and Digraj Singh.
Past presidents Pawan Munjal, Arvind Khanna, Siddharth Shriram, IVS Juneja and Manjit Singh were also acknowledged for their selfless service to Indian Golf.

The sponsors and donors who came forward to support the event on such short notice were also acknowledged with shawls. Companies and individuals acknowledged were Sudhir Seth of Sudhir Gensets, MK Trisal of Marathon, Gurnam and Satnam Arora of Kohinoor, Sangeeta Balan of JW Marriott, Mushtaq Burza of Ahad Hotels, DP Singh of Sara, Pradeep Jain of Silverglades, Latha Thomas of Destination Management Company, Arif Shaw of Shaw Art Palace, Rahul Khanna of Karma, Titleist, Col ML Sharma of Go Laugh, Mr. Gangesh Khaitan, Mr. Ranjan Bhattacharyya, Mr. Deepak Ansal of Ansal Housing, Dr Ridhwana Sanam of KRV Physiotherapy, Nikhil Mehra of Shantanu and Nikhil, Ateet Gaur of Taylormade, Priya Puri of ITC Golf Resort, Sanjay Sharma, Romit Bose of Romit Bose Golf and Varun Khanna of Digraj Golf Inc.

The event concluded with all present stating that something unique had been achieved and started and it was heartening to see several people come forward to declare support for the future, with Dr Abdullah himself making financial and logistics commitments. Indian golf is certain to benefit.

1 BALBIR SINGH VERMA 69 68 137 50000
2 HARI RAM 73 76 149 30000
3 D K VERMA 76 74 150 20000
4 AJAY KUMAR YADAV 73 78 151 15000
5 SHIV PRAKASH 72 80 152 14500
6 DIGRAJ SINGH 77 76 153 14000
7 AKBAR ALI MOLLAH -CHINI 78 76 154 13500
8 ASGAR ALI 75 79 154 13000
9 BRIJPAL SINGH 78 77 155 12500
10 RAJ KUMAR 79 78 157 12000

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