Put­ting golf into per­spec­tive

Today's Golfer (UK) - - Contents - Chris Jones, Ed­i­tor

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…

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