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Akshay Sharma put his dream of playing on the Asian Tour on hold so that the family could move into their new home on the outskirts of Chandigarh.
Akshay Sharma put his dream of playing on the Asian Tour on hold so that the family could move into their new home on the outskirts of Chandigarh.

The Sharma home in Naya Gaon on the outskirts of Chandigarh is testimony that dreams do come true, and sport can be a means of ticking a box. Bringing up three children meant Akshay Sharma’s parents could never save enough to buy a place the family could call their own. Living and learning golf the hard way, Akshay took it upon himself to fulfil the longstanding wish.

Akshay Sharma won the Players Championship at the Panchkula Golf Club in November, the first event after PGTI restarted last year.
Akshay Sharma won the Players Championship at the Panchkula Golf Club in November, the first event after PGTI restarted last year.

The breakthrough win on the Professional Golf Tour of India in 2018 and several top-10s leading to 2020 allowed him to save enough for a home. But there was a dilemma. The win in Noida had filled him with hope that his craft was good enough for the Asian Tour but he suppressed the desire to travel to Thailand for Q-School in January last.

“The house was more important,” he says. He was looking forward to 2021, knowing little that the pandemic would play havoc with plans. With tournaments getting stalled and coaching assignments drying, and the family dipping into savings, owning a home seemed remote.

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Luckily, the loan application he had submitted earlier came through and the Sharmas moved into their abode in October. Akshay has ticked a box but he will have to wait till 2022 for a shot at an Asian Tour card.

He is willing to wait, and till then the focus will be becoming a force to reckon with on the domestic tour. If the showing so far this season is an indication, a win and two top-5s, the 30-year-old is well on his way to realizing the potential.

Photo credit: PGTI

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