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Thursday, June 2, 2011

First woman from India to become a member of the world's leading golf tour for women


Smriti "Simi" Mehra (born 21 May 1972) 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 was born in Kolkata and attended University of Calcutta before turning professional in 1994.


Mehra 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, Mehra 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. She plans to set up a junior coaching program in India for boys and girls starting in Autumn 2006 and to hopes to organise women's professional tournaments under the auspices of the PGA of India in 2007.
  • 1993 Malaysian National Championship
  • 1994 Indian National Match Play Championship, Indian National Stroke Play Championship
  • 1996 Green Mountain National FUTURES Golf Classic
  • 2004 Frye Classic, Hunters Oak FUTURES Golf Classic
  • 2002 Malaysian Open

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