(Last Updated on : 26/08/2014)
The Indian Golf Union (IGU) is the governing body for Golf in India and is working in collaboration with the other associations to promote and develop the condition of Golf in the country. The IGU started its journey on 20th December 1955 and it was established as a result of efforts taken by a group of professional Golfers in India. Famous personalities like A.D. Vickers, L. Sawhney, I.A. Ogg, R.G.L. Dhakely, S. Patel, I.S. Malik and J.L. Eaplen were the first members of the IGU.
The main objective of the IGU was to promote the game of Golf in India and the maintenance of a high standard of the game, in every way possible. Before the establishment of the IGU, Indian Golf was being run and managed by the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) and all Indian Golf Clubs were affiliated to the RCGC. The IGU is affiliated to the World Amateur Golf Council (WAGC), the world body for Golf.
The constitution of the Indian Golf Union (IGU) mentioned about six prominent Golf clubs in India including the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, the Tollygunge Club, the Bombay Presidency Golf Club, the Delhi Golf Club, the Willingdon Sports Club and the Madras Gymkhana, as the founder members of the Union. According to the constitution, the Indian Golf Union can offer membership to other Golf clubs, Golf associations and Golf societies in India, as the Council would recommend. There is also a provision in the constitution that the IGU can grant affiliation to clubs, associations and societies outside the country. Associate membership for individual gentlemen and ladies was part of the Articles, as well.
The affairs of the Union were administered by the Council consisting of eight members, out of whom two are provided from each of the four zones into which the country has been divided for administrative purposes. Being the central administrative body for Golf in India, the Indian Golf Union (IGU) has been working consistently for the well being of the game in India.
The IGU conducts various promotional activities including playing host to a number of international tournaments. Apart from that, it also organises several training programmes for young and budding Indian Golf players. The prestigious Indian Open, being organised under IGU has become a part of the Asian PGA Tour from the year 1998.
The Indian Golf Union (IGU) organised training schemes for assistant professionals and caddies from all over the country in 1957. The schemes were organised under the guidance of George Willerd from the Royal Calcutta Club. Amongst other things, trainers were taught to make clubs and were given a stronger grounding in the game's strategies. The Inter Zonal Championship for four teams, representing the four zones, was also started in 1957. In the year 1966, the IGU made arrangements for an annual exchange of visits by Indian and Ceylonese teams. Indian teams have been visiting Ceylon every year since and Ceylonese teams have also visited India in return. Both India and Ceylon teams have participated in the host country's Amateur Championship and also in an International match between the two countries.
The Indian Golf Council (IGU) is in charge of selecting the Indian national Golf team to represent India in various international events. It selected the Indian team in 1967 to go to Taiwan for participating in the Asian Amateur Golf Team Championship, for the first time. The team played quite well and finished fourth in the tournament, out of eight countries participating. In October, 1969, the team participated in the 17th World Cup Championship, previously known as the Canada Cup, as well. Due to the organising capabilities of the Indian Golf Union (IGU), India was also chosen the venue for the fifth Asian Amateur Golf Team Championship.
The Indian Golf Union (IGU) is always striving hard to ensure that the game of Golf is played by both men and women of all ages in India. It believes that the game of Golf can grow in India only if it is developed on the right lines and projected the correct image. With a view to serve this purpose, the IGU has been encouraging the younger generation to take up Golf, as their profession. Apart from that, as good golfing facilities are an important adjunct to tourism, the IGU has constantly been in dialogue with the Ministry of Tourism for the development of Golf from the tourism point of view. The IGU and the Ministry of Tourism have been working together to develop various Golf Courses at places of tourist interest.
The Indian Golf Union (IGU) is also in charge of organising and supervising different Golf tournaments in India. The IGU mainly follows the rules of St. Andrews of Scotland for the Indian Golf tournaments. It actively helps various Indian Golf clubs that organise several Golf tournaments on a regular basis. Apart from that, it is trying to involve the powerful Indian media for propagating the game and spread the game in the remote areas of India as well. The current President of the Indian Golf Union (IGU) is the renowned industrialist T T Jagannathan, who took up office in 2008.