Golf is perhaps the one sport in Pakistan that doesn’t garner much appeal to the masses. The reason perhaps is that people deem it to be a rich man’s sport. You would think that men are better at the sport by default, you probably haven’t met Nushmiya Sukhera yet.
Lahore-based Nushmiya attends college like any other girl her age and probably has thoughts and aspirations as any other teenager that goes to the same class as she does. But girls her age often cannot tell apart one golf club from the other, where Nushmiya strives to achieve for herself a place in the national squad as one of the two leading female golfers in the country.
She loved tennis from an early age and had never given any consideration to golf whilst growing up into her pre-teens. She was introduced to golf by her father, an avid golfer. She started late, at the age of 11, but soon stepped up her game and won the coveted Corps Commanders Cup at the age of 12.
In 2008, she joined the Punjab golf team as one of their female members and toured to India for her first International championship. It was in India that she really got hooked to the game – it wasn’t because she loved the lush pastures on the golf courses in India and the seriousness with which the Indian golfers took their game. It was more the urge and commitment to bring the same level of seriousness and zeal back home to Pakistan.
The year 2008 and 2009 saw Nushmiya win nine tournaments in Pakistan and led Nushmiya to improve her game by playing in more international tournaments. In a 2009 interview with Dawn News, the insightful 14-year old proclaimed that the sport of golf needed more professionalism in Pakistan. She said that Pakistanis thought of sport as sport, where they should “start treating sport as a profession”.