For most men and women in Pakistan, cricket is their first love when it comes to sports. However, the nation has also displayed its vast love for other sports. However, one girl is on a mission to show the world her love for golf.
Many may think that golf is an old man’s game, and is boring, but for Arooba Ali, it was love at first sight. It all started when her father took the then 14-year-old to a nearby golf course, and since then she has fallen head over heels for the sport.
In her own words, this is how she describes the gold course from her eyes:
An oasis of artificiality in a desert of flat land and unnatural colors,” when she first saw it. But those words progressively changed to “A diverse landscape with hills, valleys, lakes and pits of sand flowing from one end to the other
Since then, not only did Arooba Ali pick it up as a passion but has since then represented Pakistan in various tournaments. Arooba participated in her first ever “Golf Tournament” on 28th January 2016. She stood 1st and this accomplishment made her curious. She wanted to learn more about golf. She practised every day repeatedly and regularly in order to improve her proficiency.
Her hard work and training paid off after a year on 6th February 2017 when she stood 2nd in her first “PGF Ladies Golf Tournament”. Not too long after in April she stood 3rd at the “COAS Golf Tour”. She competed in many competitions to boost her morale.
Her endeavours paid off on 5th December 2017 when she stood 1st at the “International PGA Tour” among 60 participants, and became Pakistan’s “Top Lady Golfer”. On 16th April 2018, she was awarded a shield for her outstanding performance in the field of golf by Mr Nasir Kasuri, Executive Director, BSS Northern Region.
My father was the one who supported me in everything. He brought me up to the point where I can be proud of myself, and that I am his daughter…. Thank you to my family who supported me all the way through and transformed my weaknesses into my strengths.I would really like to thank Ma’am Sumaira, for always encouraging and motivating me. Her support and strong interest was the one thing that helped bring a change in me. And I also want to thank all the teachers who taught me exactly how things work.