Sharma conferred Arjuna Award

Fri 21 Sep 2018

Sharma conferred Arjuna Award


New Delhi, September 21: Shubhankar Sharma, India’s highest-ranked golfer and the Asian Tour’s Habitat for Humanity Standings leader, has been conferred the prestigious Arjuna Award. 

A selection panel appointed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, had recommended the 22-year-old Sharma’s name along with 19 other sportspersons for the nation’s second highest sporting honour, earlier this week on Monday.

Sharma’s nomination was finally confirmed when the Sports Ministry released the list of the National Sports Awards recipients on Thursday afternoon in a press release.

The Chandigarh-based professional, a two-time Asian Tour and European Tour winner, will receive the award from the President of India in a ceremony to be conducted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on September 25, 2018.

Sharma now becomes the 20th Indian golfer to be honoured with the Arjuna Award.

Indian golfers who have received the award are: 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), Anirban Lahiri (2014) and S.S.P. Chawrasia (2017).

Shubhankar joins the illustrious list of Arjuna Awardees thanks to his exceptional performances at the international level over the last one year.

Sharma took the golfing world by storm after he won two European Tour events, the Joburg Open in South Africa in December and the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, within a space of just two months.

Sharma then went on to bag two top-20s on the PGA Tour including a creditable tied ninth at the WGC – Mexico Championship, a tournament he led going into the final round. He also had a tied seventh finish at the Hero Indian Open.

These stellar performances helped Sharma rise to his career-best world ranking of 64 in March this year. He even led the European Tour Race to Dubai at one stage earlier this year.

Subsequently, Sharma went on to make Indian golfing history by playing all four Majors in the same year as his Major debut. He became the youngest Indian to play the Masters, the US Open and the PGA Championship. He also became the youngest Indian to make the cut at a Major when accomplished the feat on the eve of his 22nd birthday at The Open 2018.

Sharma will now represent India alongside Anirban Lahiri at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf to be held at Melbourne, Australia, in November this year.

“It has been more humbling than anything else. I am absolutely honoured and grateful to the nation to have found me worthy of this honour. I will do my best to live up to it and bring further laurels to my country,” said Sharma.