HK Golfer Mailbag
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
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