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No Ifs, No Puffs

As a Mem­ber of the Hong Kong Golf Club since the 1960s, and a Mem­ber of Clear­wa­ter Bay Golf and Coun­try Club since its first year of open­ing, I would like to ap­plaud Mike Wil­son’s long-over­due ar­ti­cle in the April is­sue on the poor health im­age of golfers due to their and their cad­dies’ cig­a­rette smok­ing in front of crowds.

It would be marvelous if Hong Kong could lead the way to make all golf tour­na­ments in Hong Kong smoke-free events.

The golf club ar­eas in Hong Kong are now sub­stan­tially smoke-free, there are no cig­a­rette ven­dors at the clubs, tobacco spon­sor­ship of golf has now been banned (I think to­tally) - so why not en­cour­age HK golf to be ‘a more vi­brant, health-conscious and con­tem­po­rary sport’ and de­clare our Hong Kong golf tour­na­ments smoke-free events (like the Olympic Games).

This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant as more and more of Hong Kong youth are tak­ing up golf, and at­tend­ing the tour­na­ments. See­ing golfers and cad­dies puff­ing away is hardly pre­sent­ing a good role model to them. Prof. Dr Ju­dith Mackay

OBE, SBS, JP, MBChB (Edin), FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Lon) Di­rec­tor, Asian Con­sul­tancy on Tobacco Con­trol

Via email

Yes, He Did!

Sergio Gar­cia had played 73 pre­vi­ous ma­jors and seven-eighths of this one, and peo­ple were laugh­ing at him. It was on the 11th hole at Au­gusta Na­tional Sun­day. He pulled his drive on 11 into the pine straw. He ad­dressed his ball, walked into the fair­way to get an­other look at the green, then walked back and ad­dressed the ball again… and then stepped back again. The laugh­ter at Amen Cor­ner was im­me­di­ate and cut­ting: There goes Sergio again. Scared. Can’t han­dle the pres­sure.

The 37-year-old Gar­cia has been one of the best play­ers of his gen­er­a­tion and a Ry­der Cup star. But he had not done what he knew he could do. He had not won ma­jor. In the end of the day, he sur­prised the peo­ple who have seen him lose so many ma­jors and wag­gle his club over the ball a dozen times be­fore hit­ting and pub­licly say that maybe he wasn’t cut out to win ma­jors.

He is the Mas­ters cham­pion now. He has learned how hard this is, but also how much it should be en­joyed. Sergio is such an in­spi­ra­tion to all golf-lovers! Ken­neth KC Lee Mid-Level

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