SHUBHAM JAGLAN-YOUNG INDIAN GOLF CHAMPION
Shubham Jaglan (born 16 August 2004) is an Indian amateur golfer who won the Junior World Golf Championships in 2015. Jaglan is also World Record holder, 9 under in Classic Junior Open, 2012 and is recipient of the “NDTV – Emerging Player” and “Margdarshan” awards. Jaglan has won over 100 domestic and international tournaments.
Young Indian golfer Shubham Jaglan etched his name into history book by clinching his second successive title at the IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas. The 10-year-old prodigy, son of a milkman from rural Haryana, brought home a score of 106 in three rounds to win by five strokes, ahead of two Americans Justin Dang and Sihan Sandhu and Thailand’s Pongsapak Laopakdee for the Boys 9-10 years category title at the Angel Park.
TRYST WITH GOLF
A NRI named Kapur Singh started a golf academy in Jaglan’s village. Jaglan’s grandfather enrolled him into the academy. Against the wishes of his family and despite the academy shutting down, Jaglan continued his practice on a small piece of land in his backyard. This land was cleaned by his father and converted into a green with three holes. Most of Jaglan’s formative training was self-taught from videos on YouTube.
He was later spotted by Delhi Golf Foundation that gave him annual scholarship of INR 2.0 lakh and a membership in the Delhi Golf Club, which in turn helped the father and son to relocate to Delhi to continue his training.
TOURNAMENTS WON SO FAR
- 2013 World Masters of Junior Golf
- 2015 Junior World Golf Championships
- 2016 European Junior Championship
WHAT SHUBHAM FEELS ABOUT ALL THIS…..
“It’s just a dream come true. It was all my years of hard work. I am celebrating in a great way. All my friends are congratulating me,” Shubham said.
“It was all because of my family’s support, my coach, my school which helped me in the US, that’s why I could speak to you actually and my golf club DGC for giving me all facilities for playing. Especially my dad supported me through my life and it has been a great journey”.
“Everyone said he is gifted. Golf was an expensive sport and also very time consuming. I knew I had to be with him, 24×7. He started winning tournaments and then we were lucky to get a sponsor in Delhi Golf Club. While others pay loads of money to play at the prestigious club, my son has been granted a free entry and play as much as he wants to”, says Shubham’s father.
“Luckily, low attendance has never posed problems for me so far. I study for just about 20 minutes everyday. My best buddy helps me with the school workload and my school has also been very supportive,And I have managed to score 90% in class IV“.