Golf is not only restricted to elites. This was once again proven by Biki Dutta and Ricky Dutta, who come from a family of daily wage earners settled next to Jorhat Gymkhana Club and displayed exemplary performance the Nationwide Golf Talent Hunt held at Tollygunge Golf Club, Kolkata, over 3 days starting March 2.

Biki Dutta and Ricky Dutta are caddies, who hold bags of golfers. They picked up the game of golf as Jorhat Gymkhana allows caddies to play on their golf course. The young caddies are coached, and regular tournaments are held between them.

Jorhat Gymkhana Club, in its effort to promote talented kids from underprivileged backgrounds, arranged the participation of two kids Ricky Dutta and Biki Dutta to participate in the Nationwide Golf Talent Hunt organised by The Golf Foundation, an organisation headed by Amit Luthra, an Arjuna awardee who has represented India in many international golf tournaments for over 20 years.

Biki Dutta, who competed with other golfers from all over eastern India stood tall as the winner in his category, while Ricky also did well.

“Golf Foundation has decided to induct Biki Datta of Jorhat and take care of all his emoluments, training both physical and golf-related for the next 6 months and will support him further if he maintains his performance,” Nagesh Singh, Golf Captain, Jorhat Gymkhana Club, told EastMojo.

Singh said British planters had set up many golf courses around tea gardens all over Assam for their recreation and tried to keep the game within themselves by restricting the locals from taking up the game.

“But over time, children from the tea tribe community around these courses took up the game on their own just by observing and also sometimes carving out their golf equipment from bamboos etc. Some of these kids have mastered this game which requires lots of skills, both mental and physical. But unfortunately, these kids have never got the proper opportunity to showcase their skills and make a career out of the game, unlike the kids from similar backgrounds settled around recently established golf facilities like Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Lucknow etc,” Singh said.

Jorhat Gymkhana Club under the leadership of the present golfing fraternity has been doing its bit to promote these golfers from underprivileged backgrounds by organising Caddie tournaments, the last one of which was held in June 2019, wherein 85 golfers many from tea tribe communities participated from all over Assam.

“The performance by Biki Dutta has not only brought laurels to Jorhat Gymkhana Golf Club but also made Jorhat and Assam proud and brought our state into the limelight in the golfing map of the world,” Singh said.

Singh said the recently formed Association of Golf Clubs of Assam having its Registered office at Jorhat Gymkhana club is committed to transforming golf from being a recreational sport for the elite and privileged, to a sport which anyone having the inclination and skill will be groomed to be a good golfer who can ultimately represent the county in the international arena.

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