Golfer’s book aimed at busi­ness­women

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - GARRY MCKAY

With the many hun­dreds — per­haps even thou­sands — of books that have been writ­ten about golf, it’s hard to imag­ine say­ing one is long over­due.

Fa­reen Samji’s “Smash­ing the Grass Ceil­ing,” which came out this past May, how­ever, is just that book.

Samji — whose nick­name, Far, is based on her first name and the fact that she’s a mul­ti­ple Cana­dian long­drive cham­pion — has writ­ten a book aimed at women, more specif­i­cally busi­ness women.

Per­son­ally, I think this book fills a void since I’ve long main­tained that women who don’t take up golf are miss­ing the boat. Even if you put aside the fam­ily op­por­tu­ni­ties it pro­vides, there is no bet­ter ac­tiv­ity than golf to fos­ter busi­ness re­la­tion­ships.

“The whole per­spec­tive of the book is writ­ten for women, es­pe­cially pro­fes­sional women to en­cour­age, em­power and mo­ti­vate them to use golf as a re­la­tion­ship build­ing tool,” said Samji, a Burling­ton res­i­dent.

Samji sets out in the book to de­mys­tify the sport for women. While she of­fers no in­struc­tion on how to play the game, she cov­ers ev­ery­thing re­lated to the sport in­clud­ing how to find a golf in­struc­tor.

“Early in the book I ex­plain that the qual­ity of your golf swing is the least most im­por­tant thing that you need to know,” she says. “What’s more im­por­tant is how to man­age the golf ex­pe­ri­ence with the three other peo­ple, how to man­age your emo­tions and make sure you’re hav­ing a fun time. It’s an op­por­tu­nity for you to show your true per­son­al­ity on the golf course.”

Samji cov­ers off golf eti­quette in the book as well as how and when it’s ap­pro­pri­ate to talk busi­ness.

A former mini-tour player, Samji now owns a string of or­thotic cen­tres in Burling­ton, Mil­ton and Toronto so she is com­ing at the sub­ject from the per­spec­tive of a busi­ness­woman and a golfer.

“When you’re on the golf course with clients, every­one is in ca­sual cloth­ing, out­doors in a beau­ti­ful set­ting, and every­one is more re­laxed and you can re­ally fos­ter a con­nec­tion that is hard to do in an of­fice meet­ing,” she ex­plains.

“I’ve used golf to build my busi­ness for the last 15 years. It also gives you an op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in your com­mu­nity and meet peo­ple, like city coun­cil­lors or the mayor or your lo­cal MP.”

The book is avail­able at Samji’s web­site, Farsamji.com, and sells for $20. Ten dol­lars from each book is go­ing into a pro­gram to pro­vide lessons and on-course men­tor­ship for girls 12 to 15 years old.

Whole-in-one: It’s not to late to sign up for the unique RBC Cana­dian Open 5k run through Glen Abbey Golf Club, Satur­day, July 22.

The run will fol­low cart paths through the golf course that will host the PGA Tour the fol­low­ing week. Any­one who signs up to run also re­ceives a ticket to the golf tour­na­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to gol­frun.ca.

Garry McKay is a vet­eran, award-win­ning golf jour­nal­ist and ex-sportswriter with The Spec. Gar­rym­ckay1@rogers.com

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