Back in 2012, when golf was reintroduced in the Olympics for 2016 Rio Olympics, city youngster Feroz Singh Garewal was following up the news. He knew that without any experience of playing at the senior level, qualifying from India for Rio would not be possible for him. Two years later, Garewal has qualified for the Youth Olympics to be held in China in August later this year along with Delhi golfer Aditi Ashok. The 17-year-old golfer emerged as the Indian team’s choice as he is currently the leader in the Indian Golf Union Order of Merit in Category A and B combined.
“It’s a dream come true for me. I got the letter from the Indian Golf Union on Thursday and the news has boosted my confidence a lot. As a youngster, one often dreams about playing in Olympics, and Youth Olympics will be a great opportunity for me. I had finished second in five tournaments last year and won a tournament this year also, and this resulted in the top spot in the Order of Merit. I have never been to China and it will be a challenge to play in China. Weather will also play its part and I am practising accordingly,” said Garewal, who is a student of DAV Model School, Sector 15.
A regular winner in junior categories, Garewal shifted to Category A in 2012 and won the title in the Northern India Amateur Golf Championship held in ITC Manesar in April early this year. The talented youngster, who trains at Chandigarh Golf Club, was also part of the four-member Indian team which finished fifth in the Asian Junior Golf Championship held in Korea last year. The same year also saw Garewal winning the title in his category in World Junior Golf Championship in Jakarta. This year too, Garewal will lead India’s challenge in the Asian Junior Golf Championship along with Viraj Madappa, Pukhraj Gill and Shubham Narain.
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“Last year, I was working upon my swing and struggled a little. But things have been better this year. Playing in the Asian Golf Championship last year also helped my game. My swing is good and I have been working with my coach Jesse Grewal and fitness coach Sagar Dhiwan to prepare for the two international tournaments,” said Garewal. Coach Jesse Grewal believes that the youngster has got the technique to excel in Youth Olympics. “He has worked hard for the last two years. He has focussed on his fitness and has a sound