Photographs by Hector Gutierrez
"In the spring of 2013, I got a very surprising call from Saptak. He had attended a coaching session from one of the coaches from IJGA, South Carolina, who had presented the opportunity for him to finish his high-school in the USA, while playing competitive golf. He was ecstatic, and convinced that this needed to be his next move. That was the beginning of a journey that would change his path. Saptak has always been a man of character. One of the moments that makes me the most proud of him, was at the regional conference in Florida last year. It was the last round and the play-offs, Saptak’s ball was tucked in the deep bunker. While taking his stance, he noticed a bit of movement in the ball. Even though nobody in the gallery was able to notice this, he immediately announced to the referee, which costed him a two-stroke penalty. His unwavering ethics and determination towards his goal is inspiring and I hope to see him win a major one day."
– Aasavri Talwar
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A TRAILBLAZER?
When I was first asked if I wanted to be featured on this issue as a trailblazer, I was taken back (in a good sense). I obviously never thought of myself as an accomplished person or as having achieved anything in life. I’m only 20 so…However, the fact that someone else thought of me as being worthy of being called a trailblazer instills some sort of confidence and belief in me. It is a complete honor when someone else thinks of you as being a pioneer and a fearless individual. There is, of course, an added pressure and responsibility to live up to those standards, but I think of that pressure as positive reinforcement.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE NEVER CHANGES?
Growth. I hope people never stop wanting to grow. It is so important for people to intrinsically want to grow. There is nothing that bothers me more than mediocrity so I sincerely hope 50 years down the line, people still have the want and desire to grow and chase the things they believe in.