Sinjini Mukherjee was six years old when she saw a golf course for the first time. The huge green field with holes and the tiny ball made little sense to her but as she started playing, Sinjini fell in love with golf.
The Class XI student of National Institute of Open Schooling is currently one of the top 10 junior golfers in India. The Edugraph 18 Under 18 Award came as yet another feather in her cap of accolades.
Tryst with golf
Sinjini’s father enjoyed golf and took his daughter to the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) to watch the game one day. “At first, all I could see was a big field, a small ball and holes placed at a distance. I couldn’t understand how it could be possible to get the ball into the hole,” recounts the 15-year-old who trains at Protouch Golf Academy.
Sinjini’s first major achievement was winning the Ultimate Golf Amateur Tour in the ladies’ division for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). She also played at the US Kids Golf World Championship and finished among the top 60 worldwide in 2017.
Going forward, Sinjini wants to play in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tournament and dreams of winning gold for India in the Olympics. “I cannot concentrate on anything other than golf. I have no other interests that I can convert into a profession. So being a professional golfer is my only future plan,” she said.
Sinjini Mukherjee during a practice session at Royal Calcutta Golf Club. Source: Sinjini Mukherjee
Balancing play time and studies
Sinjini spends at least six hours a day practising golf at RCGC. She wakes up in the morning and heads for practice. A second round of practice follows in the late afternoon.
“My daily schedule is extremely busy. Between practice sessions, I make sure to find time to go to the gym and also to meditate. My studies are mostly taken care of by my mother and she makes sure I complete my daily academic tasks on time,” said Sinjini, who is being home-schooled and appears for exams through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
She listens to music when she needs to take a break from her packed schedule. Playing with her pet dog Julie is another stress-buster. “I love Julie and play with her whenever I have some time. It gives me joy and I feel energised,” said Sinjini, who adopted the Indie dog.
Edugraph 18 Under 18 Award
Sinjini is also keen on spreading awareness about golf and inspiring young girls to take up the sport. “When I started playing golf nationally, I saw few girls and women playing the game at the regional and national levels. Many people don’t know about golf. They think it is a hobby of the rich. But it’s not true. I would ask more students, especially girls, to join the sport. It’s exciting once you know all the rules and get a hang of it,” she said.
Th Edugraph 18 Under 18 award has come as a surprise for the soft-spoken golfer. “Winning this award was a big motivation for me because I didn’t expect to win among so many incredible nominees. My family is happier than me. I am thankful to Edugraph for the support,” signed off Sinjini.