‘if you look good, you will play good’.” – Sharmila Nicollet
She is just 21 years old. She is the youngest Indian golfer to qualify for European Tour.She is the second after Smriti Mehra to earn a full card on the Ladies European Tour. Smriti did it in the mid-1990s.She is stylish and also a glam factor of Indian golf.At five feet eight inches, Sharmila is glamourous off the course as well – what with flowing hair and a tattoo in place. Meet the number one amateur golfer in India,Sharmila Nicollet.
Early Life :- She was born on 12 Mar 1991 in Bangalore.Her father Marc, is French, while mother Surekha, is from Bengaluru.They are separated. Mom Surekha is a perfumist and has her own Padmini Aroma Ltd in Bangalore. She did her schooling in Bishop Cotton Girls’ School and Bangalore International school finishing her X & XII grade privately and is now also doing a degree privately.Excellence in sports seems to course through her veins proven by her ability to conquer any discipline. A natural in whatever she does – a champion swimmer in the State during her four year stint in the pool (from 1997 to 2001). She was a budding athlete.
Career:-She was introduced to golf by her cousins who played the game. What was initially as a ‘fun’ thing to do, soon became a deep-rooted interest that saw her build an impressive amateur career, and opt to turn her back on prestigious US university scholarships to follow her dream of becoming a successful professional golfer.
She has represented India at Asian Games at Doha 2006 and in Asia Pacific Junior Golf Tournament, played at the Callaway World Junior Amateur Championship in Sandiego – USA , the Queen Sirikit Cup at Japan, Malaysian open and allot of other international tournaments.She had been adjudged Number One Girl Junior Golfer for the year 2005-2006 in India and Top Girl Junior , Open Ladies Amateur Golfer in 2007-2008. She was also the youngest Lady Golfer to win the All India Amateur Championship in 2007-2008, along with 7 Open Amateur Tournaments.
In 2009,she turned professional and joined WGAI.She quickly found her professional golfing feet and had garnered professional success at both the WGAI and international competition levels by the end of the year – Two WGAI wins and a top 10 finish at a Thai LPGA event in Bangkok.2010 saw her consolidate her position on the WGAI tour by winning the 2009/10 Order of Merit and then winning five further events to finish on top of the 2010/11 Order of merit. Her home fans also saw her perform well in the tri-sanctioned Hero Honda Women’s Indian open where she finished the top Indian golfer at T23, with the lowest score of the day in the final round.
She also gained International experience in 2010/11 through playing Ladies Asian Tour events in Thailand, Indonesia and China, together with her overseas Ladies European tour events in Finland, Slovakia, Evian masters, Dutch Open and others.
Awards:-Amateur – Lady golfer of the year (IGULS): 2007
Professional – Player of the year (WGAI): 2010