In Con­ver­sa­tion With…

Quotes are what make a story, and over the last decade with the Asian Tour, they have formed the corner­stone of Calvin Koh’s lit­era­cies.

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While mas­ter­ing the gram­mar of golf, the nar­ra­tive for most golfers on Tour has al­ways been their de­sire to live their dreams and be the best they can. Be­yond the pub­lic re­la­tions ar­moury lies an hon­est an­swer.

The ca­sual chit-chats at the play­ers’ lounges and din­ner con­ver­sa­tions have of­ten pro­vided me with in­trigu­ing in­sights into their back­ground and life as pro­fes­sional golfers.

Bangladeshi Sid­dikur Rah­man was not born with a sil­ver spoon. In fact, it was more like there was no spoon. Life was hard, and he worked as a ball boy at Kur­mi­tola Golf Club in Bangladesh at the age of nine.

The pit­tance he earned back then was ‘big money for a poor boy’.

He made his first club with a bro­ken sev­en­iron head stuck on a metal rod and would al­ways stand be­hind the pro­fes­sion­als while they prac­tised and im­i­tated their swings.

“I even sat there dream­ing about how nice it would be to one day play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally like them,” he shared.

Money was scarce, but he was rich with tal­ent. Sid­dikur said: “I had al­ways wanted to turn pro­fes­sional ear­lier, but I didn’t have much money back then. It was only af­ter I won the Bangladesh Am­a­teur Open for three con­sec­u­tive years that my golf club said they would sup­port me if I turned pro­fes­sional.”

As fate would have it, the Bangladeshi was picked from out of 100 kids to train by his club and would go on to be­come the first player from Bangladesh to win on the Asian Tour at the Brunei Open in 2010.

The Olympics beck­oned in 2016, and for some­one who did not even know about the world’s great­est spec­ta­cle when he first stepped onto the golf course, he soon found him­self thrust into the global spot­light.

He be­came the first sports­man from his coun­try to qual­ify for the games on merit and was ac­corded the hon­our of be­com­ing Bangladesh’s flag­bearer dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The gen­tle­man from Dhaka has come a long way since his early days as a ball boy, but his de­sire to be the best he can be re­mains the same. “I started with a dream, and it has taken me this far. Faith, courage and per­se­ver­ance made that pos­si­ble too” said Sid­dikur.

Dreams do come true if you, like Sid­dikur who works and be­lieves in them.

Calvin Koh heads the press op­er­a­tions and me­dia part­ner­ships for the Asian Tour.

Calvin Koh (right) is in con­ver­sa­tion with Sid­dikur Rah­man on the Asian Tour event in South Korea

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