New Delhi:Three Indian youngsters are a classic case of having golf in their genes. They not only are addicted to the game, but are also attached to it by name.
"Three-four years back at the Hero Honda Masters in Delhi when we were on the 18th hole, he finished playing, he chucked the ball to me and said, to my biggest fan," said Mehr Atwal, Arjun Atwal's niece.
"I see him playing on TV he will be playing with Ernie Els or someone like that on TV and you see the Randhawa name up on the leader board, it's just a great feeling," said Raj Randhawa, Jyoti Randhawa's nephew.
"He jokes around a lot when we play, he tells me not to be nervous when I am playing and tells me to play with a free mind," said Sher Ali, Ali Sher's son.
Raj Randhawa and Sher Ali are among the top amateurs on the Indian ciruit. On the course, Sher behaves exactly the way his name suggests, but off the greens, he is a shy and reserved 19-year-old.
The Delhi boy who took to the course about seven years back hopes to surpass his father's achievements.
Passing on the legacy
Meanwhile, Randy, a name that was synonomous with Jyoti on the circuit has now been passed onto Raj.
The 19-year-old infact is also following Jyoti's winning ways. He won the third leg of the Amateur Tour at Coimbatore just last week. Raj who'll be playing Qualifying-school on July 17 in the hope of turning professional, hopes that his career follows that of his uncle's.
"Once I hit a shot on a hole, Jyoti walked up to me and told me I don't think you have eaten enough for today. He hit a good hundred yards past me and I am meant to be a long hitter. He basically opens my eyes and shows me where I am and where I need to be and how hard I have to work to get there. It's amazing when I go to practice with him, he can just hit balls for hours and hours, I will be lying flat on the ground but he'll be still hitting," said Raj Randhawa.
But it's not only the boys taking cue, Mehr Atwal hopes to be the other Atwal on the US Tour one day.
Arjun Atwal's niece and daughter of former amateur champion Karan Atwal, 13-yr-old Mehr is busy conquering the greens on the Indian junior circuit - something that the national sub junior champion considers as just the first step to realising her ultimate goal.
So a niece, a nephew and a son hoping to emulate the feats of their famous relatives. Mehr, Raj and Sher, are set to ensure that long after Arjun, Jyoti and Ali Sher end their golfing careers, their family's proud golfing legacy continues.