What made Ishvari Prasanna take up golf, a sport not commonly played in India and not popular among women?

It was her ability to hit the ball long – a quality that helped her stand out as a young sportswoman and one of the reasons she became addicted to the sport. There has been no turning back for Ishvari since she took over the golf club.

Reflecting on her journey, Ishvari shares, “It started about eight years ago. My father is a member of the Karnataka Golf Association and he enrolled my brother and me in a summer camp. Before, I played tennis, so I had good hand-eye coordination and could hit the ball far. I liked that I could do that and be top of the league at the time.

From being a junior-level player to moving up to the amateur league and turning pro in 2019, the course has been amazing, says the young golfer, who is now looking forward to the next golf season after a COVID-induced hiatus.

According to her, what is the best part of being an athlete? The ability to come out stronger after each result.

Ishvari believes that every athlete has their fair share of ups and downs, just like in life, and that makes them harder for the next fight.

“The fact that there’s always a next game, there’s always a next round, where you can always perform better [is amazing]. I’m so lucky to be able to do this; I think that’s more than I can ask for,” she said.

Back in school, Ishvari had to balance sports and studies, which she describes as a “great advantage” as she always had one or the other to look forward to.

Ishvari believes his formative years have instilled discipline in him. She learned to manage her time and give her best in everything. “It was tough but fun, and I couldn’t have done it any other way,” she says.

“There is always tomorrow, there is always the next day. Get up and get over there. There will always be an up once there is a down. So you’ll have your share of victories, hang in there and do what you love,” is her parting advice to young girls in all walks of life.