IAPGA 2015 US Tour: Inaugural Indo-American Professional Golf Tour Unites Indian American Golfers

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HOUSTON: The Indo-American Golf League of Houston had a spectacular day of golf on Tuesday, July 28. The inaugural tour of the Indo-American Professional Golf Association arrived in Houston to a great reception at Sweetwater Country Club. The twelve top, world-ranked golf professionals from India have embarked on an 18-city, 45-day, IAPGA 2015 US Golf Tour.

The Indo-American Professional Golf Association, (theiapga.org), the non-profit, umbrella network of golf leagues across the US is leading the tour. With the mission of meeting Indian American golfers in the US, the golf professionals are part of golf tournaments as well as meet and greet events along the way. The national tour began in New York City, went to Washington D.C. and moving along several cities in the Midwest, the South and then along the West Coast. Major event locations include Houston, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona, Monterrey Bay, California, Seattle, Washington, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Columbus, Ohio. www.reelvolume.com/events

Unless we count the National Spelling Bee, Indian faces are not seen on ESPN and rarely seen as athletes. A few notables are the exception rather than the rule. Alexi Grewal came into cycling fame in 1984 Los Angeles Games and a place in US Bicycling Hall of Fame. Gymnast Mohini Bharadwaj won silver in the 2004 Summer Games. Bronze winning gymnast, Olympian Raj Bhavsar made his mark in Beijing in 2008. Brandon Chillar, with the Green Bay Packers has definitely made his mark in the NFL and Sanjay Beach before him. Tennis has Rajeev Ram, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati and  and Manny Malhotra of the New York Rangers for the NHL in hockey.

The golf professionals on the tour, were invited on the basis of their ranking world-wide and their availability of time to present themselves on a world stage.  Encouraging them along are notables in the sport like PGA winner, Arjun Atwal, who has agreed to join the tour where he can. “It’s pretty exciting! Arjun has agreed to join us and I am speaking to Daniel Chopra as well,” said Gurbaaz Mann, one of the managers and the driving force behind the idea to create the IAPGA. Having traveled the US, talking to fellow golf players in every city he could manage, Mann has had this dream for seven years. “We know there is a huge network. It is just a matter of connecting.”

The IAGL in Houston is one of the main organizers nationwide. The connection between Indian Americans who share the love of golf has become a strong network. The tour is being mainly crowd-funded by individuals who believe in creating the IAPGA and the hope of seeing one of the golf professionals eventually play the PGA Tour or Web.com Tour. Japan, Korea and other Asian nations take enough pride in their athletes to promote them worldwide. So far, Indian athletes have not met with such support from the Indian government so the grassroots effort in the US is what is moving along the dream of seeing Indian players on the world stage.

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Here is the  final confirmed list of golf pros on the 2015 US Tour:
Ashbeer Saini, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Abhijeet Chada, Sujjan Singh, Abhishek Jha,Shubhankar Sharma,Rahul Bajaj, Amardip Malik, Angad Cheema, Gurbaaz Mann (manager), Monish Bindra, Shivam Tibrewal
Players who may attend:
Arjun Atwal, Dipender Kullar
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