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Johnwell Gabil Momin: Meghalaya’s Golf sensation sets new milestones

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Shillong, June 22: Johnwell Gabil Momin, a professional golfer from Tura, Meghalaya, has had an inspiring journey in the world of golf, overcoming numerous challenges to achieve remarkable success. Coming from a small town from a remote corner of northeast India, his journey has been a classic tale of rising from humble beginnings to climbing on to the national stage to becoming a familiar name in the Indian golfing landscape.

A resident of Matchakolgre, New Tura, and a graduate in Arts, Johnwell recently added another feather to his cap by clearing his Category D Coaching Certification Course in Golf, scoring an impressive 76/100 in the written exam from the National Golf Academy of India. This accomplishment is a significant step forward in his career, even as he continues to work towards completing his PAT and apprenticeship.

In an exclusive interview with Northeast Hub, Johnwell shared his journey from his early days at the Qualifying School 2014 in Pune, to representing Meghalaya at the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), a marquee event in Indian golf, and competing in the Meghalaya Chief Minister’s Open Tournament 2014. His victory at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Golf Tournament in 2018, where he now also serves as a coach, marked the beginning of his winning streak.

Johnwell’s winning streak continued as he triumphed at the Cloud 9 Summer Cup Tournament in 2023 and represented Meghalaya at the 37th National Games in Goa the same year. Most recently, he became the first professional golfer from Meghalaya to win a tournament outside the state, achieving first runner-up at the Assam Misa Open Tournament held on January 6-7, 2024.


Since 2015, Johnwell has been dedicated to coaching, offering his expertise at the Shillong Golf Course, the Garrison Ground (REPTA), IIM Shillong, and to the officers of the Meghalaya Police. His commitment to the sport and his students is evident in his comprehensive coaching approach.

Johnwell attributes his success to the unwavering support of his family, the Golf Association of Meghalaya, and key figures like former MLA of Tura, Billykid Sangma. He praises the state government for their support, emphasizing that despite common perceptions, golf is accessible and requires great mental strength, rather than being an elite and expensive sport.

With dreams of opening his own golf academy, Johnwell aims to mentor and inspire the next generation of golfers, giving back to the community that has supported him throughout his career.

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