Aiming to blaze a trail

Aiming to blaze a trail
Singaporean golfer Koh Sock Hwee teeing off at the Sentosa Golf Club on 22 November 2013. She aims to do well not just for herself but also for Singapore women’s golf.

SINGAPORE- Moments before teeing off as Singapore's only golfer at the 2012 HSBC Women's Champions, Koh Sock Hwee was shaking.

In front of her loved ones and flag-waving Singaporeans, the pressure of duking it out with the planet's top 70 female golfers was finally starting to sink in.

Trembling as she tried to putt at the Sentosa Golf Club's practice green, she saw a familiar figure approaching her.

It was then-women's world No.1 Tseng Ya-ni. "You don't look good, is everything all right?" she asked.

"I'm very nervous," Koh, then 22, croaked.

The Taiwanese sensation, just a year older but far more experienced, replied: "It's okay to be nervous - that means you care about the game."

It is a conversation the Singaporean has never forgotten, for it reminded her how she fell in love with the sport as an 11-year-old.

Swing after swing, miscued putt after misplaced drive, the teenager was enthralled by her father Hong Beng's efforts to learn golf.

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