MALACCA: Organised simultaneously with annual senior tournaments for golfers between 55 and 64 years old, the Ayer Keroh Country Club (AKCC) is the first in the state and a handful in the country to induce and keep “evergreen and super seniors” in the competitive fray.
According to AKCC senior golfers convenor Tay Loo Wee, unlike the inaugural competition in 2002 for these “true blue golden years veterans” which drew some 30 entries, this time around more than 80 golfers responded for the gross, nett and foursome competitions. Also, there was much clamour for more such tournaments on a regular basis to keep the “evergreens and seniors in the swing of things”.
Tay noted that the sporting and competitive outlook of golfers over 60 years wanting to be competitively involved, is also gaining much pace in the United States and Europe.
“Apparently, this stance is also catching up on the domestic scene.
Hence, our club’s concerted and keen efforts to assist senior and super seniors make the competitive trail with monthly as well as annual competitions. Sponsors and individuals have also chipped in by offering attractive prizes in the form of golf merchandise, electrical and household appliances and hampers,” he added.
Social and competitive golf particularly for seniors, added Tay, are almost two different sporting outings. Both are fun and carefree so as to speak, but it is the competitive edge of the game and metal sharpness that makes the difference.
“For seniors wanting to make competitive comebacks, they first have to learn simple and ingenious techniques for developing a swing to suit respective changing body framework to compensate lost of strength and flexibility.
Then, there is the choice of proper equipment apart from dealing with joint pains, decreased vision and keeping fit, that require looking into seriously to make competitive comeback for seniors more enjoyable,” Tay concluded.
In the recent tournament for seniors 55 years and plus, Paul Tan, 64, sparkled to take top spot with a 7-over 79. Mhd. Zain Ibrahim, 62, finished second on 86 and Amer Yunus, 63, took third spot with a score of 87.
Moran Hassan, 59, bagged the nett competition honours with a 72 score and 66-six year-old Tan Hock Cheng next best with a stroke adrift. Fifty-nine year old Lau Seng Chuan was third carding a 75.
In the super seniors category, M.Kanagasingam, 66, was tops carding a 36, winning on a countback from K. Mahunthan, 75, in second spot, also with a similar score.
Wan Hon Wah, 68, finished third registering a score of 34. In the competition for senior foursomes, the weekly playing group “Phai Ghor” witnessed Tay Loo Wee capturing a glorious double winning the “Grand Slam” and “Match Play” champion awards.