His friend-list boasts of none other than Tiger Woods, but that is no distraction for budding golfer from the hinterlands of Haryana, Shubham Jaglan, as he wants to go a step ahead of the master.
So, does he want to be like the Tiger, "No I want to be like Jack Nicklaus," pat came the reply. "He has won the most number of majors," pointed out the eight-year-old from a small village of Israna in district Panipat.
"Tiger Woods himself sent him a friend request," informed a proud father, Jagpal Singh Jaglan. "Gary Player sir might have informed him (Tiger) about me," added Shubham, who spent some time with Gary on his trip to Delhi Golf Club (DGC), where the youngster is currently honing his skills.
This 'boy wonder's' introduction to the sport makes for an interesting story as most of the people in country's rural parts desist from taking it up because of the heavy expenses involved. And if the child comes from a family of wrestlers, the curiosity is bound to grow by leaps.
"I started golf at the age of five. My grandfather introduced me to the sport," said Shubham, who started off as a grappler sweating it out in the akhara. "I used to go to the akhara with my uncle and even spent
some time learning the nuances of the sport," he recalled.
His tryst with golf, however, began with Kapur Singh, a Non Resident Indian (NRI), setting-up a golf academy in Israna. His grandfather got him enrolled in the academy and his journey as a golfer began from there.
Though, the centre did not last long, young Shubham's skills impressed Singh to such an extent that he urged his father not to stop him from playing the sport.
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