Chawrasia wins Arjuna Award

Mon 21 Aug 2017

Chawrasia wins Arjuna Award


New Delhi, August 21: Indian star S.S.P. Chawrasia has won the prestigious Arjuna Award for his contribution towards golf in India through his success on the Asian Tour, European Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).

Chawrasia’s name was recommended by a selection panel appointed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Government of India before he was awarded with the prestigious accolade.

The Kolkata-based golfer, currently ranked second on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, will receive the award from the President of India in a ceremony to be conducted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President''''s House) in New Delhi on August 29.

Chawrasia is one of the most successful stories to emerge from the Asian Tour. From a son of a greenkeeper, he rose through the ranks to win six Asian Tour titles including back-to-back Hero Indian Open victories in 2016 and 2017.

In 2016, he won his first title outside of India when he emerged victorious at the Resorts World Manila Masters. In that same year, he also represented his his country in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the World Cup of Golf.

“I had dreamt of winning the Arjuna since childhood even before I started playing golf. My inspiration to win the award was famous Kolkata golfer Mr. SK Jamshed who won the Arjuna back in 1975. I still have a picture of his with the award at my home,” said an elated Chawrasia to PGTI.

“Finally my dream has come true. The Arjuna Award is something that every Indian sportsperson craves for. It’s a true recognition of my achievements. This award will give me a lot of confidence for the battles ahead. I am in a happy space right now, so I am confident of doing well,” he added.

Among other Indian golfers who have won the Arjuna Award include: Ali Sher (1991), Amit Luthra (1996), Harmeet Kahlon (1997), Jeev Milkha Singh (1999), Shiv Kapur (2002), Jyoti Randhawa (2004), Arjun Atwal (2007), Gaganjeet Bhullar (2013) and Anirban Lahiri (2014).