KeNako Academy golf student Mudit Rana joined the academy programme mid-2018. He hails from New Delhi in India. Prior to joining KeNako Academy, he attended a golf academy and school in Florida in the USA. Mudit is still only 16-years-old but he is academically well advanced and he is now studying his Cambridge International AS Levels at Rundle College. Mudit will complete his Cambridge International    A Level in 2020.  His dream is to become a professional golfer but education remains a priority should things not work out.

Mudit started playing golf at the age of 10 and it was his older cousin who got him hooked. In the same year, Mudit competed in his first golf tournament. He went into the competition feeling extremely confident, visualizing birdies and eagles because he didn’t quite grasp tournament playing conditions. He ended up shooting 27 over (if his memory serves him correctly) in the 9-hole event!

His aspirations for 2019 are to finish top 5 in several tournaments, win at least one event and to improve his game overall. To reach his goals he practices or plays on a daily basis and works out in the gym 3 times a week. He feels most comfortable with his 58-degree lob wedge and he also enjoys swinging his 7 iron. Mudit believes his competitive advantage lies in his “never give up” attitude and his optimism. He remembers how amazing it felt when he hit his first hole-in-one at Noida Golf Club in 2016 (hopefully the first of many Mudit).

Mudit would love to play the highly exclusive Augusta National Golf Course. His two favourite local courses are George Golf Club, which reminds him of home and Simola Golf Course because of the spectacular views and peaceful atmosphere. His favourite professional golfer is British player Rory McIlroy. He likes the way Rory conducts himself on the course and he views him as an incredible ball striker.

Mudit wants to compete on the PGA Tour, but if life as a touring golf professional does not pan out, he would love to pursue a career in Biomechanics. Mudit believes that academics is the foundation of success and his academic goal for the year is to maintain an overall 80% average in all his subjects. Mudit enjoys life at Rundle College, especially the smaller classes at school.

Wishing you all the best with your goals and aspirations this year Mudit!

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” Muhammad Ali