Rajesh Srivastava, President USKG India and President USKG Asia, with Amit Dube (extreme left) and Amit Nigam (Right) at the Press Conference on Saturday
- Additional Tours in Singapore and in South and West Zones in India
- 14 Indian youngsters qualify for US Kids European Championships
New Delhi, May 20: The US Kids Golf Tour India is also set to expand to different part of India and will also have it first overseas series next month in Singapore.
While the series of six events in Singapore begins next month on June 13, the Indian expansion will see six events on the local Tour in North Zone and then six each in West and South Zones.
“The series of events will soon expand to other Asian countries,” said Rajesh Srivastava, President of US Kids Golf India, who is also President of US Kids Golf Asia. “We are also expanding our outreach in South and West Zones and by 2024 we will add East Zone. With 24 local events and regional finals in each zone and a Indian Championships, it will become the most exhaustive series offering a pathway to US Kids European and World Championships.”
“An Asian Championships is also on the anvil and events will also offer American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) stars, which will help youngsters play more events in the US and also gain an advantage in getting to American colleges for golf,” added Mr. Srivastava.
In March, 2023, the US Kids Golf Foundation, US, the primary organisers of almost 1,500 US Kids Golf events in almost 50 countries, appointed Mr. Srivastava, as President of the US Kids Golf Asia also.
Under this arrangement, Mr. Dan Van Horn, President, Founder of US Kids Golf LLC and Foundation, has authorised USKG India will conduct various golfing activities.
Mr. Van Horn has written to US Kids Golf India, saying, “Rajesh Srivastava, President, US Kids Golf India, is authorised and responsible for conducting and finalising partnerships with various golf-oriented entities throughout Asia for the US Kids Golf Foundation.”
“We want to give our young and talented golfers a chance to play at the best courses. Not just in India, but also outside. For instance, the US Kids Golf European Championships are held at courses like the Renaissance which is the host venue for the Genesis Scottish Championships, which is co-sanctioned by the PGA TOUR and the DP World Tour. Imagine the experience kids will have when they play at courses which have seen the likes of Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and others,” added Srivastava.
“We don’t want the young golfers to be overawed when they play at the such courses in the future as their career progresses,” he added.
Interestingly, Justin Thomas, Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa and American Indian Sahith Theegala have all been past participants at US Kids Golf tournaments in their youth.
While US Kids Golf India did have a South Zone series, the pandemic halted that later. Now that series is being re-started as also in West Zone, apart from the full season in the North.
The tournaments in India will continue under the Tournament Director Amit Dube, in South it will be Rahul Ganapathy and in West, it will be Amit Nigam. All three are well-known coaches and professional golfers.
The US Kids Golf India takes great pride in taking its events to Championship courses. While numerous events have been held at the Jack Nicklaus signature Classic Golf and Country Resort, the events will also travel to iconic courses like the Delhi Golf Club and various courses in Bengaluru and in western parts of India.
14 Indians to play at the US Kids Golf European Championships
Following their results from the 2022 season, 14 Indian youngsters from different parts of India have qualified for the US Kids European Championships. The list includes Harjai Milkha Singh, son of Indian golf legend, Jeev. Milkha Singh, who has often done caddie duties for his 13-year-old son. The qualification is not only on the basis of position but also scores. Following the Indians have confirmed for the US Kids European Championships:
They are: Boys: Nihaal Cheema (Boys U-7); Adit Veeramachaneni (Boys 9); Vidit Aggarwal and Aarnav Patel (Boys 10); Paranjaay Mahtani (Boys 11); Devvrat Singh Rajawat and Rayan Sao (Boys 12); Vihaan Jain, Jivraj Khurana, Harjai Milkha Singh and Arshvant Srivastava (All Boys 13).
Girls: Naina Kapoor (Girls 11); Ananyaa Sood (Girls 12); Mahreen Bhatia (Girls 14).
US Kids Golf Foundation and US Kids Golf India
The U S Kids Golf Foundation is a global organisation actively involved in promoting the sport of golf worldwide and in India it has been present since 2018. It offers children opportunities to play in international standard conditions and create a world class environment to enable them to develop as athletes in this Olympics recognised sport.
The foundation’s varied activities include organising tournaments globally, providing appropriate international standard golf equipment, matched to a junior’s physical abilities and building a pool of coaches with standardised learning to enable complete support for the development of children as golfers.
By offering a world standard platform since inception the U S Kids Golf Foundation has contributed to the development of some of the leading golfers in the world including Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Colin Morikawa, Lexi Thompson, Alexa Pano to name a few.
India’s own Aditi Ashok and the latest rising star Avani Prashanth have also acquitted themselves well at the US Kids Golf events in the past.