Women are great ambassadors of any sport. Within India Inc there are some spectacular female players. Manisha Girotra of Moelis is too busy banking but she does go low on the course on a good day. A regular on the circuit is Latika Khaneja, well known for her sport company that once managed Virender Sehwag. Ekta Chadha who is a dentist entrepreneur has her Facebook timeline flooding with golfing pictures. You would many times see a very color coordinated Neelam Rudy picking birdies along the way. Women and golf are surely a winning story.
GAMECHANGERS ARE THE WOMEN
Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM, is probably one of the most powerful female executives who passionately enjoy the sport and was recently inducted into Augusta National as its third female member. Sheila Johnson, the billionaire co-founder of the BET network and CEO of Salamander Hospitality often says she isn’t a brilliant golfer but needs to practice. World famous singer Celine Dion doesn’t just like golf, she loves it. Sandra Day O’Connor who was the first woman to sit on the US Supreme Court made her first hole-in-one of her golfing career with an ace on a 125-yard par-3 at her home course in Arizona back in 2000. And then Catherine Zeta Jones who puts style in the swing effortlessly. Women and golf make a perfect fit irrespective of genres and age.
THE CHARACTER AND MORE
What golf reveals about us has value – it tells us about character and about integrity. While women have been really few- in that sense golf needs to be more gender fair — men have been doing “deals” on the golf course for centuries.
HSBC’s Siew Men Tan picked up golf for many reasons. “For one, I didn’t like the idea of sitting back when all my male colleagues took clients to the course to play. And if I am having a lucky day, I am happy to beat some of my banker friends on a round. But on a serious note, golf has been a key way of getting access to and breaking the ice with clients.” If business is the objective, it’s futile to think of golf as just leisure activity. It’s is all about networking. Whether it be bonding with new clients or quality one-on-one time with upper management, that time on the course can be priceless for business. It’s also among the most universal sports and hence women should take to it because they can play for fun or business all over the world. With 40,000 courses all over the planet, it’s never difficult to find a golf course.