Back in 2010, when Chandigarh’s Abhijeet Chadha won a silver medal in the team event in golf in the Asian Games, a young 13-year-old Feroz Garewal read the news the following day. Evening practice at Chandigarh Golf Club meant that Feroz missed the telecast. Now four years later, Feroz will lead the Indian team in the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea, from September 19 to October 4.
Chandigarh’s Feroz topped the six-round trials held for selecting the Indian team earlier this month and has been chosen along with Manu Gandas, Udayan Mane and Samarth Dwivedi. “It has been my biggest achievement to date. To be given a chance to represent India in the Asian Games is a big honour for me and I will try to do well in the tournament. A total of nine golfers took part in the trials held earlier this month and I topped. It was a tough challenge and the team will be aiming for the gold medal in South Korea. We have a good team, with Manu, Udayan and Samarth also in fine form. We will hope to repeat the success of fellow Chandigarh golfer Abhijeet Chadha,” said Feroz, now 17, who is attending the national camp in New Delhi.
Tuesday’s announcement also came with news that Feroz has been chosen along with Manu Gandas, Udayan Mane to represent India in the World Amateur Golf Championship, Eisenhower Trophy, to be played in Japan from September 7 to September 14. It will be hectic two months for the city golfer as he will also play in the Asian Golf Championship to be held in Korea from August 10 to August 16 before he tees off in Youth Olympic Games to be held in China from August 16 to August 28.
Feroz will hope to repeat the gold medal winning performance of now professional Indian golfer Shiv Kapur in 2002 Busan Asian games. “It will be a hectic period for me and I have been preparing accordingly. To play in Eisenhower Trophy will be a big challenge. We have seen golfers like Jeev Milkha Singh playing in the championships earlier and I am happy to repeat their feat. I keep meeting Jeev sir and Sujjan sir at the Chandigarh Golf Club and they have advised me to have patience and to keep my cool in these events. Besides this, I also had discussions with Sujjan sir’s wife and former professional golfer Irina Brar. My mother Sandip Garewal often travels with me in India and she has been a big boost for me,” said Feroz, who is a student of DAV Model School, Sector 15, and trains under coach Jesse Grewal at CGA Range.
Feroz’s father Ravi Garewal will travel with the youngster during these international tournaments and expects his son to do well. “He has been preparing hard for these tournaments. It will be tough for us to manage all the travel and the hectic schedule but I will be travelling with him to help him. Weather conditions in Korea and China will be tough but playing in Korea in August before the Asian Games in September will help him a lot,” said an elated father.