New Delhi: Young Tutul Ali is all set to start for San Diego to take part in the Callaway Junior World Championship, despite the fact that his father is a caddie and could not afford to fund his son's dream of playing golf.
But Tutul was lucky - when he was just eight years old, one of India's leading professional golfers Indrajit Balotia took him under his wing.
"My father is very poor. My Sir (Indrajit Balotia) pays my fees. It is only because of him that I am here," said Tutul.
After five years of intense training, Tutul is heading to San Diego to compete against the best juniors in the world!
Tutul Ali, along with Ankur Chadha, will go to San Diego to take part in a tournament that shaped Tiger Woods career as a junior. This prestigious tournament has seen the likes of not just Woods but Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Lorena Ochoa, Camillo Villegas and Trevor Immelman.
"This is one of the biggest junior events in the world and I have played this tournament before when I was 13. I have a month to go so I am going to train hard and give myself the best chance," said Ankur.
Tutul who is the nephew of Indian golfer Firoz Ali wants to follow in his uncle's footsteps and turn professional soon. His inspiration in the international circuit is Rory McIlroy.
This youngster is not even sixteen but has big dreams. With the backing of his coach and constant encouragement from his father he might soon be taking part in professional events and bagging several trophies.