Golf: Singapore No. 1 Mardan Mamat to take local youngsters under his wing

Three promising youngsters from the Youth Golf Programme (YGP) have been selected to train personally under Singapore's top golfer Mardan Mamat.

Leverett Chua, 14, Muhd Syabil Abdul Kadir, 15, and Joey Poh, 19, were chosen from some 400 budding players in the YGP, which teaches the sport to youth who do not have the means to own golf club memberships but have a keen interest to play.

On top of their weekly YGP lessons, the trio will have free weekend training sessions under 19-year pro Mardan at the Raffles Country Club, which have also waived their green fees.

"I've been waiting for this opportunity to give back to the community and develop the next generation of Singapore golfers - I want to fine-tune their game and create future champions," said 45-year-old Mardan, who has won one European and three Asian Tour titles.

Since its inception in 1997, the YGP has benefited over 4000 students, imparting basic playing skills all the way to sports psychology. The idea was the brain-child of the late Tay Cheng Khoon, ex-Sports Editor of the Straits Times.