Putting golf into perspective
As Aaron Moon was being airlifted to Camp Bastion – the victim of an Improvised Explosive Device in Helmand – golf wasn’t really on his mind. “I was in intensive care for six weeks in total, and I was in hospital for five months. I spent a few months in a body brace where I literally couldn’t do anything. But... I’m still here.”
He’s making the most of it, too. “At the minute, I work four to five days a week at Bolton Golf Club while studying for my PGA degree,” he explains. “I’m in the gym at six in the morning, and then I’ll stay late hitting balls on the range. I try to practise every day if I can because my passion is playing.”
Moon has signed up to compete on the Manchester-based 1836 Pro Tour and is hoping to secure a sponsor’s invite to play a Challenge Tour event in Switzerland next month, before heading to the European Tour’s Q School later in the year (see page 86). He also has a unique take on how he approaches the game.
“I see people throwing clubs on the golf course, but I always look at them and think ‘what’s the point?’ When you hit a golf ball, no one is hitting a golf ball back at you. There are worse places than being on the golf course, trust me. You could be getting shot at!”
Those words were ringing in my ears recently in our club’s April Medal. Stood on the 11th tee three over, off 12 (with my partner saying: “It’s in the bag Chris, all you need to do is play bogey golf home”), I walked off the 18th green 21-over, having finished triple, triple, quintuple bogey…
It was a collapse of epic proportions, but Aaron helped me put it into context. Yes, I was annoyed, but I’d been playing golf – well, on the front nine – on a gorgeous spring afternoon. There certainly were worse places to be. Aaron Moon can tell you that from personal experience…