Good Sports: SISTER SHARES EXCITEMENT OF MASTERS DEBUT
Shubhankar Sharma, a 21-year-old golfer from Chandigarh, made his debut in a major championship last month when he appeared in the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Though he missed the cut by two shots, scoring 77 and 74 in the opening rounds, merely playing in the Masters was a dream come true for Sharma. His 16-year-old sister, Vandini, accompanied him to Augusta and wrote a first-person account of the experience for The Associated Press.
Vandini recalled the excitement of receiving a package from the Masters, containing the formal invitation to Shubhankar.
“A memory was pulling itself loose in my mind, of being 6 years old and stepping into the shower to discover the mirror fogged up with water vapor,” she writes. “The previous, 12-year-old occupant, my Bhai, had squiggled in cursive letters, ‘The Masters,’ above a trophy titled ‘Shubhankar.’”
On visiting Augusta National’s majestic grounds, she writes, “A general whiff of elegance lingers everywhere you go. I’ve sat on oak benches ten times my age. I have pretended to calmly hover as Tiger Woods walked by ten feet away.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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