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Golfing Legend Gary Player leads jury for India Golf Awards

8.35am 1st November 2013 - Media

India Golf Awards IMG_2697One of the world’s legendary golfers and a most successful name in the sport, Gary Player led the Jury for the country’ first golf awards called the TAKE SOLUTIONS INDIA GOLF AWARDS powered by He spent an hour discussing the role of corporations in golf, in recognizing leadership and promoting Indian talent in the search for the next Tiger Woods.

“It’s important in any industry to recognize leaders, and the India Golf Awards will do just that,” said Gary Player. “The recipients of these awards will have shown that they see the huge potential of golf in India, but their efforts need promotion and a media platform to inspire others.  This annual event will help golf gain important momentum to establish itself as a prominent sport in India.”

Gary Player has achieved the kind of worldwide acclaim reserved for only a handful of sporting greats. Renowned as much for his dedication to the principles of excellence as he is for his golfing accomplishments, Player has been impressed with the idea of the awards from the very first time he heard of recognizing excellence and leadership in the game in India.

With a struggle in early life, Gary values opportunity, praise and success. He shared his story with the Jury members that included a former India number one and the head of the Indian Golf Union as part of it. “People like to think we are born equal and that’s not true,” Gary says reflecting his wisdom from life’s lessons. “We have got to incentivize people. We have to ensure they have equal opportunity. This is the thing we have to try and do. We have to make sure they are not discriminate on race or colour.” Gary who is a big reader cites a few quotes from Lee Kuan Yew’s book. “You are telling me you are born with the brain of Einstein, you are born with the talent of Steve Jobs or Tiger Woods? He says many people may be born as morons. This really appealed to me. It’s not about how you are born but about equal opportunities.”

The country’s first INDIA GOLF AWARDS ceremony promises to reward and recognize excellence in golf and is supported by most of India’s top golf patrons.The India Golf Awards 2013 is backed by highly brand conscious & well known patrons who are a part of the crème de la crème of the country’s golf fraternity. Take Solutions, a bell weather technology company and a well-known supporter of the game is proud of this association. The Vice Chairman HR Srinivasan, who is prolific golfer himself says, “The Take Solutions India Golf Awards powered by will provide a superlative platform for golfing stars from all walks of life. We have supported the game through out and we felt ‘The India Golf Awards’ will also set new benchmarks and create pathways to bring about positive change to promote golf in a rapidly changing business, leisure and recreational environment.”

Powered by, which has been set up by India’s award winning business journalist and golf enthusiast Shaili Chopra, the portal is already a leader in the genre of golf news focused on Indian players, golf courses and expert views. It is the portal where every Indian pro shares their views on the game and leading brands have their presence to reach their target audience. On having Gary Player, the golf legend to kick off the inaugural event she said, “it’s a real honour for the India Golf Awards to have such an eminent personality launch this event, which promises to be a benchmark in the sport. Gary’s presence makes it world class.”

The awards which will be held on 5th November, 2013 in Gurgaon have other eminent jury members such as Kavita Singh, Director on Ladies European Tour Board and Abhi Parmar, Director General of Indian Golf Union along with former India number one Vikramjit Singh and former Callaway India boss, Vivek Mehta. The research and jury was conducted by global consultants Technopak.

With such distinguished jury members, the very best in the game are set to receive the recognition they deserve as for the first time golfing corporate honchos, celebrities, bureaucrats, national leaders will be rewarded for their game on the same stage as golf’s professional maestros from India and the world in a bespoke and stylized ceremony.


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