Indian Golfers at the Asian Games: Meet the medalists and the 2023 squad

At the Asian Games,  the sport of golf made its first appearance in 1982. To date, South Korea has dominated the event, winning 13 gold, 13 silver, and 9 bronze medals. Meanwhile, Japan and Chinese Taipei currently stand second and third in the list of most successful nations in Golf in the game’s history, with 9 and 8 golds respectively, besides winning other medals.

How has India fared in Golf at the Asian Games?

Indian golfers showed its dominance in the inaugural edition when the sport was introduced in the Asian Games in 1982. In fact, India was also the host of the 1982 edition in which the nation bagged three medals, including Lakshman Singh’s gold in men’s individual, a gold in men’s team event comprising Amit Luthra, Rajiv Mohta, Rishi Narain, and Lakshman, and a silver collected by Rajiv in the men’s event. So far, India has collected six medals in the competition, earning three gold and three silver medals.

Indian medalists in Golf in the history of the Asian Games

Year/ EditionGolfer (s)EventMedal
New Delhi 1982Lakshman SinghMen’s IndividualGold
New Delhi 1982Amit Luthra, Rajiv Mohta, Rishi Narain, Lakshman SinghMen’s TeamGold
Busan 2002Shiv KapurMen’s IndividualGold
New Delhi 1982Rajiv MohtaMen’s IndividualSilver
Doha 2006Gaganjeet Bhullar, Joseph Chakola, Chiragh Kumar, Anirban LahiriMen’s TeamSilver
China 2010Rahul Bajaj, Abhijit Singh Chadha, Rashid Khan, Abhinav LohanMen’s TeamSilver

India at the Asian Games 2023

Avani Prashanth and Pranavi Urs aced the selection rounds for the Indian women’s golf team at the Asian Games 2023. These selection rounds took place at Kolkata’s prestigious Royal Calcutta Golf Club. Both athletes will team up with Olympian and another golfer from Bengaluru, Aditi Ashok, for the continental championship. Aditi, who came extremely close to bagging a medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, got a direct pass into the team because of her high ranking.

Pranavi Urs, 20, and Avani Prashanth, 16, were neck-and-neck at the trials, both scoring 10-under 206. Tvesa Malik, who ended up with a score of nine-under, was the third-best performer but didn’t make the cut this year, despite getting a direct entry last year based on her then ranking.

In the men’s selection round, Khalin Joshi led the pack, followed by SSP Chawrasia. Joshi’s score was 13-under 203, while Chawrasia wasn’t far behind with 11-under 205. They will be joining Anirban Lahiri and Shubhankar Sharma on the Indian men’s golf team. Both Lahiri and Sharma skipped the trials but secured their spots based on their high global rankings. Lahiri was also a part of the team that secured the silver medal for India in the 2006 Asian Games.

India’s golf squad for the Asian Games 2023

Men: Anirban Lahiri, Shubhankar Sharma, Khalin Joshi, SSP Chawrasia 

Women: Aditi Ashok, Pranavi Urs, Avani Prashanth

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