One of my earliest memories of competitive golf was at the Chandigarh Golf Club from where this picture is from. All we had to do to enter the competition was to fill up a form and deposit a fee of Rs.300 along to the Indian Golf Union! That's it and we were in!
Junior Golf in India was very competitive even back then. Four categories were divided according to age groups. A 72-hole competition with a cut was applied after 36 holes where 50% of the field at the cut line would get to play the next two days and the rest were eliminated. Another catch was that categories A and B had to carry their own bags and these were boys in the age group of 16-18 and 13-15 respectively. Apart from competing and putting up a good score, the fight was also to endure the heat and have the stamina to last for 4 days of tournament golf.
I don’t remember my scores of this tournament but one memory I have is that the 18th hole was like an amphitheatre and I remember my parents watching me from behind the 18th green. The approach shot, and the putts were really nerve-racking at that point. That along with the first tee shot everyday was my initial introduction to pressure.