I need to work hard on my game: Sharmila

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:30 hrs

The Audi quattro Cup presented by Audi Finance in association with Turkish Airlines has given the corporate fraternity not only a chance to network but to represent the country in the world finals of the most coveted event on the corporate golfing calendar.

The search for the 13 finalists just got over with the conclusion of the Audi Delhi West leg and these finalists will now vie for honours in the India final to be held at the exotic Kerner Golf and Country Club in Istanbul, Turkey.

The winning team from the National final would then be representing India in the World Final to be played at Los Angeles, the venue of the 1984 Olympics. This should give our finalists enough inspiration to give their best.

One more unique feature of the Audi quattro Cup is the concept of wild card entry.  One team from each of the 13 legs was picked on a random basis and the team with the highest score among them made it to the National final where they would get to play two rounds of fun golf and cheer their city-mates. Thus the team from Chandigarh who emerged as the lucky winners will be the only team with no pressure!

Being the brand ambassador of the India leg of the Audi quattro Cup, I am just amazed at the sheer numbers. The current edition of the Audi quattro Cup put its signature at Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad in the South while visiting Mumbai, Pune, Baroda and Ahmedabad in the West.

The Northern circuit included Chandigarh, Delhi (South), Delhi (West), Gurgaon and Jaipur with Kolkata in the eastern region, and saw an overall participation of more than 1300 golfers. One team from each of the cities qualified for the title round. The passion for the game among these corporate golfers is equivalent to what I see on professional tours across the world.

Apart from a chance to interact with the individuals who run the economy of the country, I got a chance to test drive the beauties from the stables of Audi. From the time I first experienced an Audi in Germany, I am in love with the machine. Apart from enhancing your driving experience, it also adds to your style quotient. This was probably the reason that I immediately agreed to be on board.

What I like about Audi is their innovation to deliver and cater to the needs of the cross section of society. For example, the newly launched Audi Q3 is meant for the younger lot who have arrived and aspire to own chic things in life. It is like adjusting my grip when I am not able to swing properly or adjusting my stance when I am going astray.

Coming to my current season, the Ladies European Tour (LET) has just started for me. I have played in two tournaments, and it has been a slow start, compounded by rotten weather in South Africa, which saw two of the three days of the tournament washed off.

I need to work real hard on my game to make sure I retain my LET card for next season by finishing high up on the Order of Merit. I am flying off to Turkey next, and then the major tournaments in Europe kick off.

Meanwhile, I have a tip for the finalists of the Audi quattro Cup. Golf is a game where in you need to be in constant touch, hence practicing everyday would not only ensure that you are in fine nick but also tends to improve your game.

Considering the format of the Audi quattro Cup, wherein two unknown players form a team in the qualifying rounds, it would be advisable to play a few rounds together so as to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each other so that when you actually play the final, you will play better as a team. I would also recommend that you should concentrate on your short game, for as the saying goes, “you drive for show and putt for dough”.

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