Swing­ing the Greens

Aadil Bedi, 16, Golfer, Chandigarh

India Today - - COVERSTORY -

S“My eyes are set on the pres­ti­gious Au­gusta Mas­ters and the PGA USA tours.” Aadil Bedi, Golfer

UCCESS STORY In 2018, Bedi be­came the youngest player to rep­re­sent In­dia at the Jakarta Asian Games. The young golfer also hap­pens to be num­ber one on the In­dian Golf Union merit list. Bedi smashed his first big win in De­cem­ber, 2018, by rank­ing third in Pro­fes­sional Golf Tour of In­dia (PGTI’s) Bengaluru Open.

GENE COOL Hail­ing from a fam­ily of civil ser­vants, Bedi grew up see­ing his fa­ther play golf ev­ery day. At the age of four, he picked up his clubs and the rest as they say is his­tory.

A ROUGH RIDE “I still re­mem­ber mak­ing a flag by ty­ing my mother’s du­patta to an iron rod. And to make me play a round, my fa­ther would have to drive 40 km one-way ev­ery day be­cause we lived in Fathe­garh in Pun­jab back then,” says Bedi. Talk to him about the lack of in­fra­struc­ture for golf and he says, “We need to make the game ac­ces­si­ble by way of pub­lic golf cour­ses. Also, par­ents need to push their chil­dren from a very early age to pur­sue the game of their in­ter­est,” Bedi says.

UP THERE As­pir­ing to win the Au­gusta Mas­ters and the PGA USA tours, Bedi who is men­tored by Jeev Milkha Singh is op­ti­mistic that he will make a mark in this game.

Pho­to­graph by RAJNISH KATYAL

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