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Shambhavi Chaturvedi is a ‘wonder golfer girl’ from Noida. Although she is an ‘unbelievable golfer’, the 12-year-old girl has already mesmerized the Indian golf fraternity through her consistent performance, even at such an age. Shambhavi Chaturvedi is the number one golfer in the US Kids Golf India Local tour for the last two years (2021 and 2022) in the girls’ category. She earned the second spot in the IGU Junior National Ranking last year. Shambhavi has been qualifying for US Kids Golf World Championship for the last five consecutive years, European Championship, and other international tournaments also.
The 7th standard student took part in the US Kids Golf World Championship, held in North Carolina for the first time last August and out of more than 100 girl participants Shambhavi secured 49th position with the score of +6, +14, +9 in three rounds total +29 over par 216. Shambhavi who has been training under Pawan Kumar at JP Wishtown golf course, Noida has also done two Hole in Ones, the latest one on 22nd November, last year in Diwali Mega Cup at Jaypee Wishtown Golf Course at hole no. 5 Par 3 with 56* wedge from 58 yards. She scored 5 over par 72 with 3 birdies and 1 eagle hole in one. She already has more than 60 trophies including major international and national titles in her age category in her kitty.
Shambhavi Chaturvedi: The Beginning
Prasoon Chaturvedi, the father of Shambhavi works in the IT industry while his wife is also an employee in the software industry. Prasoon Chaturvedi had an interest in the game as he used to play golf at the nearby courses. Chaturvedi said,
“I used to practice at JP Bridgetown golf course, JP Greens or Noida Golf course-all are near our home. Shambhavi used to go with me, watched me playing, and gradually got passionate about golf.”
She started playing seriously when she reached four years old under the supervision of Pawan Kumar who has a certificate from US Golf as well as an IGU Golf certificate.
Shambhavi’s Supportive Parents
Shambhavi gets huge support from her parents. Even though an astronomical amount of expenditure is needed to maintain Shambhavi’s golf (a few lakhs of rupees every month) her parents are inspiring her continuously.
Prasoon Chaturvedi explained,
“It becomes tough for people like us to maintain their golf at the cost of huge monthly expenses. But on the contrary, you cannot neglect Shambhavi’s performance. Her mother does not get time to go to the course. Still, she has tremendous support for Shambhavi and she prepares everything before Shambhavi goes for training.”
Prasoon Chaturvedi is also planning to appoint one of the world’s famous golf coaches Laurence Brotherridge from the United Kingdom before Shambhavi’s next major international tournaments, scheduled to be held mostly in the USA.
Shambhavi’s Idol and Dream
Shambhavi’s idol golfer is renowned USA golfer Nelly Koda who won the gold medal in Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. In Indian golf, Aditi Ashok is the favorite golfer of Shambhavi.
“Nelly Koda’s Olympics gold medal inspired me a lot. I could start dreaming of the podium finish in a competition like the Olympics and World Championship.”
Simultaneously, Mary Kom‘s achievements and her fight also inspire Shambhavi. Commenting on the issue,
“I also saw the movie ’83’. I was charged up and thought I also could create history as Kapil Dev did.”
Shambhavi is now focusing on the US Kids World Championship. If she wins it she will be the first Indian female golfer to achieve it.