Golf isn’t just reserved for elites. This was proved once again by Biki Dutta and Ricky Dutta, who come from a family of day laborers who settled next door to Jorhat Gymkhana Club and showed exemplary performance during the Nationwide Golf Talent Hunt held at Tollygunge Golf Club, Kolkata, for 3 days from March 2 .
Biki Dutta and Ricky Dutta are golfer bagged caddies. They started playing golf when Jorhat Gymkhana let caddies play on their golf course. The young caddies are coached and tournaments are regularly held between them.
Jorhat Gymkhana Club, in its effort to promote talented children from disadvantaged backgrounds, arranged for the participation of two children Ricky Dutta and Biki Dutta to participate in the Nationwide Golf Talent Hunt organized by The Golf Foundation, an organization led by Amit Luthra, an award winner of Arjuna who has represented India in many international golf tournaments for over 20 years.
Biki Dutta, who competed with other golfers from all over East India, was the winner in his category, while Ricky also did well.
“Golf Foundation has decided to hire Biki Datta from Jorhat and take care of all his emoluments, both physical and golf related training for the next 6 months and will continue to support him if he maintains his performance,” Nagesh Singh, Golf Captain, Jorhat Gymkhana Club, told EastMojo†
Singh said British planters had set up many golf courses around tea gardens across Assam for their recreation and were trying to keep the game within themselves by preventing locals from taking it up.
“But over time, children from the tea tribe community around these courses only started to observe the game and sometimes cut their golf equipment out of bamboo, etc. as well. Some of these kids have mastered this game, which requires a lot of skills, both mentally and physically. But sadly, these kids were never given the proper opportunity to showcase their skills and make a career out of the game unlike the kids from similar backgrounds who settled around recently established golf facilities like Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Lucknow etc. ,” Singh said.
Jorhat Gymkhana Club headed by the current Golf Association has done its bit to promote these golfers from disadvantaged backgrounds by hosting Caddy Tournaments, the last of which was held in June 2019, which involved 85 golfers, many from tea tribe communities, from all over Assam .
“Biki Dutta’s performance has not only honored Jorhat Gymkhana Golf Club, but has also made Jorhat and Assam proud and put our state in the spotlight on the golfing map of the world,” said Singh.
Singh said the recently formed Association of Golf Clubs of Assam, with its registered office at Jorhat Gymkhana club, is committed to transforming golf from a recreational sport for the elite and privileged, to one that will be catered to all with the inclination and skill. to become. a good golfer who can eventually represent the province in the international arena.
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