PAWAN MUNJAL URGES CORPORATES TO EXTEND SUPPORT TO INDIAN GOLF
Bangalore, March 13, 2018 Initiating a strong dialogue, Pawan Munjal, called on the Private sector to partner the Government agencies in channeling resources to nurture and grow the game of golf in India. The Chairman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler company and the biggest corporate supporter of golf in India, expressed his views on the sidelines of India’s marquee golf tournament – The Hero Indian Open – in Gurugram today.
As the pastChairman of the Asian PGA Tour Board of Directors and the Past President ofProfessional Golfers Association of India (PGAI), Pawan Munjal highlighted theneed for better golf infrastructure and facilities in the country. He feelsthat more support from corporates will help in nurturing young talent andtaking India’s international profile in the sport to the next level.
Commentingon the occasion he said, “For starters, there is a dire need to have morepublic golf courses, which can be accessed by budding golfers. Currently out ofthe 250-plus golf courses in India, only a handful is open to the public orwalk-ins. The golfing infrastructure has to be made accessible and affordableto greater numbers. That will kindle interest and love for the game in thegeneral public and parents, who will then be motivated to let their kids takeup the sport.”
While heagrees that the development of golf courses in India is on a rise, he feelsthat most of these are real estate led and tourism-oriented. He added, “Nodoubt, these aspects are important, but we need both -- championship coursesfor the game at the higher levels and basic facilities such as driving ranges,public courses and academies to promote the game at the beginner’s level.”
Pawan Munjal also proposed to introduce the sport tokids at early stage to create interest and passion for the game. “Aninitiative that can really push golf to the next level would be to include itin the physical education curriculum in schools and even colleges like ithappens in the United States.”, he said.
Acknowledging the current efforts, he said, “Asmall section of committed enthusiasts has nurtured golf in the country and nowwe need to do much more to encourage young talent to take up the sport.”
The Hero Indian Open, the European and the Asian Tourco-sanctioned tournament is currently underway at the DLF Golf & CountryClub in Gurugram, Haryana. The 54th edition of the Tournamenthas laid out the strongest-ever field where India’s golfing champions,including, SSP Chawrasia, Anirban Lahiri and Shubhankar Sharma are competingwith some of the world’s highly popular golfers - Emiliano Grillo of Argentina,UK’s Andrew Johnston and Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn.