In a bid to unearth future champions in golf, industry bodies, clubs and star players have come together to organise the India Learn Golf Week (ILGW) from September 25 to October 1. Five industry bodies, star Asian Tour professionals such as Gaganjeet Bhullar and Rahil Gangjee and 28 golf clubs across 16 Indian cities, have come together to lend their support to this unique initiative. The weeklong programme will be an initiative of the Golf Industry Association (GIA) in partnership with the Indian Golf Union (IGU), the Women's Golf Association of India (WGAI), the National Golf Association of India (NGAI), Golf Course Superintendents and Managers Association of India (GCS &MAI) as well as the globally acclaimed Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America. The ILGW will aim to initiate 20,000 new golfers to the game, making it the largest such initiative to infuse new talent into the sport at one go. "Excellent initiative and nice to know that so many clubs and stakeholders have come together with a long-term vision for the game.
I have always felt that Golf has great potential in the country and regular initiatives like this can unearth hidden talent from all parts," Bhullar said. The ILGW will aim to attract 100,000 new golfers over a period of five years. Participating clubs will assign three to five coaches for each of the seven days to deliver introductory golfing lessons from curricula approved by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America. Each coach will have five students in a session and will conduct five sessions in a day. "I whole-heartedly support the India Learn Golf Week. Kudos to the organizers for bringing an institution like the PGA on board and this will go a long way in spreading the popularity of the game in the country," Gangjee said.
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