Smriti “Simi” Mehra
Born: 21 May 1972
- She is the first woman from India to become a member of the world’s leading golf tour for women, the U.S.-based LPGA Tour.
- She is recognized as “a pioneer and a pillar for women’s golf in India.”
- She was born in Kolkata and attended University of Calcutta before turning professional in 1994.
- She won once on the second tier Futures Tour in 1996 to win promotion to the main LPGA Tour, which she played from 1997–1999, and from 2001-2004.
- She underwent shoulder surgery in 2005 and played on the Futures Tour in 2006 in the hope of regaining her place at the top level.
- In October 2005, she played LPGA Tour golfers Heather Daly-Donofrio, Hilary Lunke and Celeste Troche in the first Women’s Professional Skins Game in India to demonstrate top level women’s golf in her home country.
- In 2012, she was named the “Player of the Year” at the Hero-WGAI awards function.
- She was credited with being part of the team that stabilised the women’s pro tour.
- She played in all 15 events and won seven of them.
- In addition to her own athletic accomplishments, she impacted the golf world by co-founding the Women’s Golf Association of India in order to offer Indian women golfers the opportunity to make golf a career.
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May 12, 2019