Lahiri, Chikkarangappa win key awards

S. Chikkarangappa was awarded the Best Pro Male award, while Aditi Ashok and Vani Kapoor shared the Best Pro Female award. Lahiri was anointed a global golf ambassador

Lahiri's success over the last year and his presence on the PGA Tour have helped place India on the global map of golf.   -  Getty Images

Anirban Lahiri, S. Chikkarangappa, Aditi Ashok and Vani Kapoor were among the golfers whose achievements were recognised at the India Golf Awards here today.

It was an evening that came alive to the throbbing beats of Indian golf. A glittering collection of golfing royalty came together inside an elegant setting for the third edition of the bespoke event.

Amitabh Kant, the IAS officer at the centre of the ‘Make in India’ campaign and CEO of Niti Ayog presided over the evening, while eminent golfer Daniel Chopra made an emotionally charged address about the state of golf in India.

S. Chikkarangappa was awarded the Best Pro Male award, while Aditi Ashok and Vani Kapoor shared the Best Pro Female award.

Lahiri was anointed a global golf ambassador given his status as the most recognised Indian golfer of the present era. His success over the last year and his presence on the PGA Tour have helped place India on the global map of golf.

“Lot of people are asking me questions about India and golf in India. For me to be able to represent my country is really special and I hope to be able to carry that flag really high,” Lahiri said on receiving the recognition.

The India Golf Awards are the most prestigious recognition in golf and yet again a strong jury deliberated for long hours before arriving at their choice in each category. The winners included some of the best performing players in the past season as well a selection of awards for corporate honchos and long-time supporters of the game.

Arun Muruggappan and Pawan Munjal received acknowledgement for their unstinted support to the game in India as Best Corporate Golfers.

In recognising Khalin Joshi, Shubhankar Sharma and Gursimar Badwal, the Indian Golf Awards underlined their growing prominence as talents to watch out for in the years to come.