Karam Baijnath – Head PGA Teaching Professional
Papwa Sewgolum golf course
|What led you to becoming a PGA Professional?
|My passion and love for the game of golf. I also taught it’s imperative to represent diversity in the game of golf. It is a game that helped build and maintain relationships with my family as all my siblings enjoyed the game.|
|How long have you been in your current position?
|I have been teaching and playing golf for nearly 30 years and have been teaching in my current position for many years.|
|What does your job entail?
|My job entails teaching golf to all levels of golfers from beginners to advanced, groups, juniors and all genders and I also promote the game if golf within diverse communities and I also do video analysis with clients.|
|Do you have any environmental or sustainability goals that you have met and would like to share?
|I abided by strict hygiene and health protocols in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. I also try to encourage protection of the environment in many different ways at the facilities I work and my local golf club.|
|Please give us a brief outline of the path you took to lead you to your current position||I have always been interested in golf from a young age, even when as a person of colour, I was limited to playing golf at only certain golf courses. My elder brother was a contemporary if stalwarts in the industry and I one of the first registered PGA Professional of Indian decent in the country. I completed my PGA Professional apprenticeship approximately I think more than 10 years ago. I have overcome many political and financial obstacles to be where I am today. I also represented Natal in athletics and win many awards in athletics.|
|Why do you feel that you would be a good candidate to win this award?
|I am a good candidate for this award/ awards as I have preserved through many challenges to be able to teach golf to people if all sectors. Many of my clients have come in all colours, shapes and sizes and I am able to impart not only golf but also the lessons of perseverance and appreciation that the game taught me throughout my life.|