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Tuesday , January 15 , 2013
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Golfing Greens

It was an unusually early start for Ranchi-based homemaker Rinku Lohia last Saturday. Not that she complained.

Up and about early, Lohia got dressed, not for her household chores, but to participate in an exciting game of golf at the greens of Cockerel Ecological Park and Training Area in Dipatoli. The event— the much sought-after EMTA Cup Green City Golf Tournament — drew as many as 12 amateur women golfers.

Lohia, who hails from a family of golfers, was incidentally not the only one from the family swinging the golf club at the tournament. Her younger son Siddhant — who, like his elder brother Rishab, plays the game — was also competing in the tournament.

Jamshedpur-based Urmilla Srivastava was thrilled. Though a pro at the game — she has been playing golf for the last two decades — the tournament was a new challenge for her to show her class. One look, and her majestic swing and near perfect shots on the field confirmed her love and dedication for the sport.

“My husband is an avid golfer who loves to go to Golmuri Golf Course to play. So, I also took to the sport. That was the only way I could be with him and spend some quality time. Now, I am hooked to it and find it very addictive,” Srivastava said from the sidelines of the meet.

For Ranchi-based interior designer Ritika Jain, the game was a nice way to unwind.

“I come to play here everyday in the morning. On weekends, we even scout through the entire course playing 18 holes. The full game usually takes five hours to complete and it leaves you exhausted but extremely satisfied. Walking across the course is also a good exercise,” she said.

Tournament adviser Sunil Verma said the love for the sport was increasing each year, as was the number of participants.

“What is good to see is that women come out in good numbers to take part in it, taking a break from work,” he said.