25 November 2010

Check it Out!


Next Year’s Hottest Equipment Trends @ Golfest Kuala Lumpur will premiere at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) driving-range on December 2nd to the 5th, from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm.

The four-day event is open to the public with no admission or parking fee.

K.P. Low, Managing Director of MST GOLF, said Golfest continues to be a big hit with golfers of all ages and abilities. As a matter of fact, MST GOLF has extended the event to Perak and Johor in 2009 and we would like to give this Golfest Kuala Lumpur a little twist by adding in a 2011 equipment preview to give golfers an insight on what’s to come next year.”

Golfest Kuala Lumpur will feature the latest products available from Callaway Golf, Taylor-Made, Titleist, King Cobra, Nike Golf, OnOff, Yamaha, Wilson Staff, Honma, Ping, Akira Golf, Bobby Jones, Williams Sports and lots more. Attendees will be able to test and own the latest line-up for 2011!

Throughout the four-day event, join the exciting activities such as junior golf performance, custom shoe-fitting session, longest drive challenge, putting and chipping competitions.

The four day Golfest will also give fantastic price discounts and ideas for festive gifts with irresistible value buys, attractive offers and mystery giveaways at the Golfest sales area. Golfers who are looking to sharpen their swing mechanics can check out the MST GOLF Academy where instructors are on stand-by to provide personalized swing checks.

MST GOLF Tech Shop is also ideally situated at the driving-range facility for golfers to get equipment custom-fitted like the pros for optimum performance and reliability. David Tang (Malaysia’s first Certified Class AMaster Club-maker from MALTBY Design and Club-making Academy) will be on hand to provide custom club-fitting, clinics and repair services to help attendees better understand the significance of game improvement product for golfers of all levels. Golfers will also enjoy a meal voucher valued at RM20 for the newly opened R&R Sports CafĂ© with any purchase above RM300 from the sales area. And finally, check out Golf Malaysia Magazine bumper issue at the Fest!

See you there!!!

06 November 2010

China is Making its Wave into Golf

China's "Future World Champions"*
By Tim Maitland
 Adam Scott had been beaten by a girl before, just not by a 12-year-old. Playing the 17th hole of the WGC-HSBC Champions Pro-Am, Scott found the bunker and made bogey. Little Lucy Shi Yuting, a 13-time winner in three years on the HSBC National Junior Championship, made par.
The significance is twofold: the other girl to beat Scott was a few years ago and someone called Wie - Michelle Wie - and you can make a note that November 3rd 2010 was the day when the elite of men's golf truly came to realise that China is coming faster than they realized.
"These are the Olympic champions and world champions of the future. They're fantastic! Fantastic!" raved Europe's Ryder Cup-winning captain Colin Montgomerie after conducting a clinic with some of the younger children from China Junior Golf Program.
"They're proper golfers. They're not just kids that can hit a golf ball on the range. These are complete golfers at nine years old: driver, putting, and short game!" Monty continued.
"I think in the next 10 years you'll see a tremendous growth into competitive golf; I'm talking about into the world's top 100. That's inevitable. It's going to happen. We have to accept that. The competition is coming from this part of the world: Korea, China especially. Golf is booming!"

As Monty was saying those words, Mickelson was coming off the course having also encountered Lucy Shi at the 17th, three days after she beat her rivals by 12 shots over three rounds at the HSBC National Junior Championship final.
"She hit a 6-iron to about 15 feet from the hole, lipped out the putt and made par. She was an incredible player!" said Lefty.
"You could tell right away that she's got a lot of potential to be a great golfer.  She has a wonderful swing, a great short game, great putting stroke.  And at only 12, it's amazing how talented she is at such a young age.  I hope that she continues to develop and continues to play well and improve and become a force on the LPGA."

Back on the range, Monty was echoing the words of PGA Tour player Jason Dufner who, a year earlier, having done the same clinic exclaimed the Chinese kids he saw were far superior to their equivalent age group in the States.
"Oh of course they are! Way ahead! And of course the work ethic here is different. These kids are prepared to put in the hours it takes nowadays to become very, very good. You can see how they love it. They're all involved. It's fantastic and the work ethic here is different to ours," Monty said, adding that the focus of the kids he saw put him to shame.
"I was a lazy player myself; two or three hours and I was getting a little bit bored. These kids? Six, seven hours a day and just golf! Then they're studying as well. This is where the future is. Now golf has become an Olympic sport, in this country it can only add to the opportunities given to them and the incentives given to them. They're well ahead of our youngsters.
If it's a numbers game China wins every time hands down. I've had a successful career I suppose and I started at six and I couldn't even get the ball airborne when I was ten, never mind hit the ball like this. These are *golfers!"
Montgomerie's comments came as the junior championship was celebrating the one thousandth child to compete in the elite tier of tournaments that have been running since 2007.
"A thousand children may not sound like a lot over the four years that we have been investing in the China Golf Association's programme, but that's the top of the pyramid," said Giles Morgan, HSBC Group Head of Sponsorship.
"Below the top of that pyramid, we have had 8,000 children who have come through our summer and winter camps, learning the great game of golf, and below that, at the foundation of the pyramid, we have had 200,000 children touching golf for the first time in their schools' PE lessons through the HSBC Education Programme," Morgan added.