Subash Tamang rise from the ashes to glory

Kathmandu, December 20

The story of Subash Tamang’s rise from the ashes to glory is no less than a drama. In fact, it is a resolute struggle of a layman in breaking barriers into the rich man’s game — golf. At the age of 17, the double gold medallist of the 13th South Asian Games, Tamang is already a star. He bagged Nepal’s maiden gold medal in SA Games golf tournament and also led the men’s team to first position.

Tamang achieved the rare feat of winning two gold medals in a single meet, standing tall along with karateka Manday Kaji Shrestha and taekwondo player Ayasha Shakya. Swimmer Gaurika Singh later broke all records by winning four gold medals. The lean and thin underprivileged kid from a remote part of Lalitpur district — currently Konjyosom Rural Municipality, some 40 kilometres south of the capital — had already entered history books.

Golfer Subash Tamang sits in front of his house, on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Photo: THT
Golfer Subash Tamang sits in front of his house, on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Photo: THT

The golfing fraternity was pinning hopes on Sukra Bahadur Rai and Tanka Bahadur Karki but it was Tamang who stole the show. “I think there are lots of turning points in my life. Going to Kathmandu with a different purpose to getting a job of ball boy at the RNGC and then getting picked up by Tashi sir for junior camp all carry significant importance,” says Tamang. “I believe the success in SA Games has given me a new life,” he adds.

Now Tamang wants to do two things apart from playing golf — build a house for his parents and give proper education to younger brother Arjun. “I want to build a house first as my parents are facing a lot of problems in the hut,” says Subash. “And I want my brother study in a boarding school so that he can lead a better life,” he adds. “If I complete these responsibilities, I can focus on my career. After playing for the country as an amateur golfer for few more years, I will try my hands in the Indian Tour and beyond.”