|Sharmila Nicollet...... walking - photo: Golf Digest Online|
Just 16 at the time, the talented Bangalore beauty impressed Davies who told reporters, "I played with this 16-year-old girl and I can say from my experience she has the potential to become a really good player".
Four years later Nicollet is 20, and she'll have "the whole of India" behind her as she enters the third round of the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School tomorrow in a three-way tie for second... just one shot behind leader, Jodi Ewart (England).
The 90-hole Q-School Final is being played on the two world-class courses at La Manga Club, in Murcia, Spain.
Golf is now the fastest growing sport in India... a country where cricket is revered... and to have this charismatic young golfer playing in global competitions at the highest level will surely be an inspiration for other Indian women who aspire to play the game... either recreationally or professionally.
Oh, and FYI, if you're into following professional golfers on Twitter, @MissNicollet 's tweets are often remarkably