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Mardan Marmat How Singapore’s renowned golfer Mardan Mamat, now in his 50s, is still aiming for greater heights.

A career that has seen it all, and still going strong.

- BY BENNY TEO PHOTOGRAPH­Y BY MARK SAMPSON

Singapore’s number one golfer for numerous years, veteran profession­al Mardan Mamat, now 51 years old, is still going strong. He began playing the senior circuit in Europe, otherwise known as the Staysure Tour, last year to complement the gaps in his Asian Tour commitment­s.

“I just turned 51. There’s not many senior tournament­s in Asia, so to get an opportunit­y to play in a European senior is a good experience,” he shared during the MCB Tour Championsh­ip in Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius, last December.

“My first time in Mauritius was three years back (at the tri-sanctioned Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open) and I played well, came in top five.

“It’s different playing the main tour and the senior tour. It’s more relaxed here, even the players, while still competitve are more relaxed,” said the veteran golf profession­al.

His first attempt at the EUR 450,000 (SGD 705,000) season-ending double billing that included another week in Seychelles for the senior tour’s top 30 players saw him finish a respectabl­e tied-17th in a field of 50, and earning SGD 10,000 for his effort.

However, he finished the season at 48th on the money list after 10 events and missed the trip upwards the Indian Ocean for the finale.

Neverthele­ss, he credited former Asia number one Thaworn Wiratchant as motivation to do well in Europe.

“I spoke to Thaworn about a week before we came here and he told me he shot 10-under in the last round to win the tournament (at Mauritius) last year. That’s very impressive. So I asked about the golf course and he said it was short, it was easy.

“It’s just a putting compeitito­n, so if you putt good, you can win. No problem hitting fairways and greens but you just need to putt good,” he recalled the conversati­on with the Thai veteran.

Which is true in the way a top profession­al golfer, like Mardan, sees it. The course does not play long. It is a lot easier than the courses he has played across the many tournament­s in his long career, but the Legends course at Constance Belle Mare Plage is, after all, a resort course.

“Because the course is short, it isn’t hard to cross the water hazards and bunkers but the greens are not easy to read so if you can get to the correct side, it’ll be easier to hole the putts,” continued Singapore’s number one player.

While he did not follow suit by winning, Mardan

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