Formation of Indian Golf Union
However, it was during the middle half of the 1950s that a group of eminent Indian professional golfers felt the need of establishing a national governing body for golf in India. That was the beginning of the management of Indian golf. The Indian Golf Union (IGU) was established in the year 1955, as an apex body for Golf to look after all kinds of Golf related activities in India. The IGU was founded with a view to promote the game of Golf in India and the maintenance of a high standard of the game, in every way possible. The IGU took a lot of initiatives for the well being of Golf in India and the initiatives include organizing various Golf tournaments and conducting training programmes.
For a better management of Indian Golf, the Indian Golf Union is working in collaboration with several other state Golf associations. Some of the prominent state Golf associations in India include the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA), Hyderabad Golf Association (HGA), Punjab Golf Association (PGA), etc. There is also the Women's Golf Association of India (WGAI) that mainly works for the development and improvement of Women's Golf in India. Apart from the IGU and the state associations, there are also a large number of Golf clubs in India that are associating the IGU to develop the state of Indian Golf. The major Indian Golf clubs include the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, the Tollygunge Club, the Bombay Presidency Golf Club, the Delhi Golf Club, the Willingdon Sports Club, the Madras Gymkhana, and others.
Tie Up Between IGU and HVR
Indian Golf Union (IGU), the apex body for development and promotion of the game of Golf in India, recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, has tied-up with HVR Sports INC., a HVR Group company, that identifies, supports and promotes talent in Golf and other sport disciplines to help them convert their passion into sustainable profession. Under the ambit of this five year agreement, valid till March 31, 2021, HVR Sports shall manage 50 different IGU Tournaments in India on a turnkey basis. Major tournaments amidst these are Amateur Men Tour (including Amateur Golf Championship of India), Amateur Ladies Tour (including All India Ladies Golf Championship) and the Sub-Junior Tour.
HVR Sports shall also be responsible for managing all sponsorships pertaining to the IGU tournaments; training, preparation and participation for the national Golf squad in the forthcoming 2016 and 2020 Olympics; training of the support personnel including the green keepers, caddies, referees, officials etc. and the IGU Awards besides providing fiscal assistance and support to affiliate Golf clubs and state Golf associations. HVR Sports shall also have the rights for international events conducted by IGU in India that have participation from foreign teams (excluding Indian Open, Indian Classic and Indian Masters).
Management of Professional Golf Tour of India
Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), the controlling body for professional golf in India, was formed in September of 2006. PGTI is recognized as a ‘body by the players for the players’, and operates in the same manner as most other international professional tours. PGTI is the ideal platform for Indian golfers to hone their skills, enhance their careers, and finally go on to compete at the highest level in the European and US tours.
With over 300 members today, PGTI has a Governing Board comprising leading Indian golf professionals and eminent personalities, and corporates as patrons. PGTI’s objective is to promote professional golf in the country, and create more competitive playing opportunities for its members.
Management by Women’s Golf Association of India
Women’s Golf Association of India has been established as a nationwide honorary non-profit organization with the sole objective of upliftment of women through the medium of sport. 'Empowerment of Women through Sport', the motto of the organization highlights that it has created a structured plan to provide an opportunity to those from socially weaker sections to carve out a career as playing Professionals . The WGAI enables women to compete in an organized Professional Tour the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour, BT ProAm of Champions and various charity events which serve as launching pad for greater honors world-wide once Indian Amateurs reach the age of 18. Women’s Professional Golf started 27 years after men’s professional golf in India. Former Chairperson of Indian Golf Union Ladies Section (National Amateur Golf) Ms Champika Sayal mooted the concept in 2004 after she was invited to attend the WU YI forum in China during the Asian Ladies Invitational Team championship. Having been a former national player and an accomplished Golf Administrator she was called upon by Coordinator of The Asian Ladies Invitational Team Championship (Queen Sirikit Cup) Mrs Rae Vadee Suwan to explore possibilities to start Professional Golf in India which could help to generate tournaments for players maturing from National Amateur Golf in Asian countries. After being India’s representative at the first ever World Women’s Golf Congress hosted by USLPGA in New-York in June 2004 after submitting a proposal to Indian Golf Union in 2004 July, it was decided to set up Professional Golf for Women in India under the guidance of a Secretary General.
(Last Updated on : 01-04-2016)
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