Help young golf aspirants to excel

After watching South Korean woman golfer Jang Ha Na fire a closing seven-under 65 for a winning total of 269 at Sentosa Golf Club ("Fearless Jang hits her target"; Monday), I noted with amazement that there were eight Asians in the top 12 of the leader board, and most of these were players from South Korea and Thailand.

What came to mind immediately was that physical size does not matter in golf - it has a lot to do with skill and precision.

And the sport has helped to place South Korea and Thailand prominently on the world map.

As a golf enthusiast, I find it worthwhile for our Singapore Sports School to think seriously about a longer-term plan to develop our young golf aspirants to excel in the sport.

The probability of Singapore achieving global status in golf is high, and there will be gains in economic and entertainment terms.

I am confident Singapore already has the golf culture to move to the next level of excellence in the sport.

Albert Sim Kian Siang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2016, with the headline 'Help young golf aspirants to excel'. Print Edition | Subscribe