Think Young, Play Hard

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents 09/17 - WITH ROGER RO­DRIGO

Make way for Daeng Ab­dul Rah­man.

COM­PILED BY ROGER RO­DRIGO

On your start in the game I started get­ting in­ter­ested in the game around three years old. One day I took a broom­stick in my house and started to swing, and my dad asked me if I was in­ter­ested. I said yes of course.

I started hit­ting balls at the range of my home club, Jo­hor Golf and Coun­try Club (then Royal Jo­hor Golf Club) at age four. By six, I was play­ing in com­pe­ti­tions at the club like the SportEx­cel tour­na­ments. I won my first SportEx­cel tour­na­ment in the Un­der-8 cat­e­gory in Pe­nang. On your pas­sion for the game While I played foot­ball, hockey and bad­minton in school it was golf that I found I could play well. It’s some­thing about the game, it pro­motes pa­tience and I like the sur­round­ings. You al­ways want to know more about the game as you grow. golfdi­gest­malaysia On dis­likes Of course I share with other play­ers things like slow play and weather de­lays. I have fol­lowed or played with slow play­ers but you have to be pa­tient, as there’s noth­ing you can do about it as the mat­ter is in the hands of the ref­er­ees. I have played in tour­na­ments with rain de­lays and it is very tir­ing. This was the case dur­ing the SEA Games in Sin­ga­pore. Al­most ev­ery day we went in and out to play, it was not easy and it af­fected the re­sults as well.

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