Golf has lost one of its real fighters. Rani Sonti was suffering from cancer. In Dec 2016 she had put up a post on Facebook about her severe battle with the disease and it consistently worsened from then on. Sonti till her last days on the golf course remained an instructor and professional golfer. She took particular interest in training junior golfers.
Secretary General of the WGAI, Champika Sayal was on her way to Bangalore for the cremation when she spoke to us. “A beautiful soul who endured much. Golf was her passion and gave her serenity. A life too short but lived with dignity and pride. Rani’s smile with remain in our hearts. Farewell to a dear friend.”
India’s top player Vani Kapoor expressed her condolences. “Extremely sad to hear about her demise. She was a gem of a person. Shared some awesome times eating out and over coffee and even staying at the same hotel and playing games in the room. She will be missed.”
the young girls often caught up with her on tips and experience
Rani Sonti turned pro in 2008 in Bengaluru where she belonged. Born 1969, Rani was among the most experienced on the women’s tour. For the longest time she was the only female golf coach in Bangalore training at Karnataka Golf Association. And the young girls often caught up with her on tips and experience. A member of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, she claims to be one of the first three women to be accepted there. She remained very pleased that the club had opened its doors to women.
Rani Sonti turned pro in 2008 in Bengaluru where she belonged.
Sonti was vigorously independent. In an interview with Verve magazine she said, “At some clubs we have to ask for a ladies’ tournament because they aren’t scheduled naturally like they would the men’s.”
2013 was her best year on the Hero Order of Merit. She closed the season on the 6th position getting over 5 lakh rupees in total earnings. Other than golf, she has also represented her state in swimming and according to her, swimming helps her to relax