JAIPUR: February 21, 2018 is a date which will not only be etched in the memory of Harish Joshi but also the annals of the Rambagh Golf Club (RGC) forever. On this day Joshi, a qualified cricket coach and former Ranji stalwart from Rajasthan, became the only golfer in RGC‘s 75-year history to hole an albatross on the par-5 14th.
It was only natural for the club to felicitate him along with other super performers on Sunday.
Recalling the incident Joshi told TOI, “I had a regular four ball with teammates Rahul Kanwat, Rudra Pratap Singh and Sumair Vyas. On hole 14, I took my driver to tee-off as it is a par-5. My shot landed between 280-290 yards. For the second shot I took out my five wood as there was favourable tail wind. I was happy to see my ball landed on the green and viewed it as a birdie chance, nothing more. But when I walked up to the green I could not see my ball, so thought it might have trickled over and got into the bushes. All the way I had never thought it could have landed in the hole. So after searching it everywhere Rahul went and checked the flag and found the ball sitting inside the cup. So, I understood I got in the hole in two strokes and checked google to find out that it was an albatross, as I was not aware of the term. You can’t plan these shots, I must admit I was lucky.”
For someone who started playing golf in 2009, it is indeed a short period to register such an achievement. On the cricketing pitch, Joshi has a lot of accomplishments to boast about. He was the head coach for Under-17, Under-19 and Under-23 teams under the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). He was the assistant coach for Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008 which saw the side clinch the trophy. He led Rajasthan to their only two Ranji Trophy titles till date in 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons as coach apart from assisting Australian great Greg Chappell at the RCA Academy just after he was sacked as Indian cricket team manager in 2007.
Meanwhile, Siddharth Sharma was felicitated by RGC for recording his ninth hole-in-one recently along with 65 other golfers who aced at least one hole at the heritage club.
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