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Academy to help golfers tee off in style

- Club initiative to promote talent in game across all sections of society

Patna, Aug 18: Patna Golf Club has taken it upon itself to train people interested in the game. Come August 25, the club will open an academy to spot talent and hone skills in the game.

“The idea behind opening the golf academy is to make the game popular among the people. Another aspect is to identify and exploit talents and produce more young players like Aman Raj, who has not only brought glory to the club (Raj used to play at the club in his initial days) but also to the nation by finishing 4th in World Junior Gold Championship in Japan this month,” Maink Vedsen, the honorary secretary of the club, said today.

The academy has enrolled 50 persons of its total strength of 100. Patna High Court chief justice Rekha M. Doshit would inaugurate the academy. Supreme Court judges Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad would also be present on the occasion. He said anyone fulfilling the basic criteria of the club could take admission to the golf-learning course.

It would be a three-month course with an entrance fee of Rs 20,000 for general students and Rs 10,000 for members of the club, he said, adding that if a student, who has enrolled for three months, will have to make an additional payment of Rs 10,000 if he/she chooses to extend the training period by three more months.

“Training will be imparted for three days a week in two shifts — morning and evening — with each shift of two hours,” the secretary said.

“On successful completion of the course, participants will be given a ‘handicap certificate’, which is a proof that one can play golf to a certain standard,” Vedsen said.

Arvind Singh, the captain of the golf club, Tapan Kumar Ghosh, former captain of the golf club, were also present during the programme.

Indian Golf Union has organised a special camp for coaching on August 24 and 25, Vedsen said, adding that the academy would provide an opportunity to children, youth, women as well as seniors to learn and play the game.

Reacting to the opening of the academy, Aman Raj said: “It is good that something is being done to promote the game, which is expensive. The academy should try to rope in sponsors to promote golf.”

Ibrahim Ahmad, a Class VI student of DPS and Sana Ahmad, a Class IX student of Notre Dame Academy, who enrolled themselves to learn golf, were very enthusiastic. Sana said: “We are very happy to get the chance to learn the sport.”