Indian milkman's son chases dream in greener pastures

Sat Aug 22, 2015 4:37am EDT
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By Amlan Chakraborty

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Golfing prodigy Shubham Jaglan turned 11 last week but the only son of a milkman from rural India is aloof to the cartoons and toys that usually draw boys of his age.

The winner of back-to-back titles on the world junior golf circuit in the United States last month knows he must make sacrifices to achieve his dreams.

Golf is a rich man's sport in India and as a kid from a poor family, Shubham started off swinging shabby clubs in the mustard field of his village in the north Indian state of Haryana.

"He had to make a lot of sacrifice to chase that dream and he is happy to make that sacrifice, which is the best things about him," coach Nonita Lal Qureshi told Reuters.

"His day is very structured, he hardly gets to do what boys his age do but he has a passion for golf and he is doing it happily."

The passion can be seen in his results.

"I won two but missed the third in the U.S. Kids World Championship where I came sixth," Shubham told Reuters by telephone. "I want to win all three next year."

The pristine American courses hosting the elite junior tournaments are a far cry from Shubham's beginnings.   Continued...

Indian golfer Shubham Jaglan attends a news conference at a golf club in New Delhi, India, August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee