Insight into golf from Ryder Cup winner

MORE than 10 underprivileged children from the Assunta Children Society (ACS) were introduced to the world of golf by Emirates, the official airline of the Malaysian Open 2007. 

To further add to their excitement, the children were treated to a fantastic opportunity of meeting and learning about golf from 2006 Ryder Cup winner, Darren Clarke.  

Unforgettable encounter: Clark (left) autographing a golfcap for one of the boys from ACS.

“It was a fantastic session hosted by Emirates and Darren Clarke and a real treat for the children.  

“What better way to be introduced to this world-class sport than learning from a golfing great like Darren Clarke,” said Sister Angela Wong, the coordinator of the home.  

During the golf clinic, Clarke patiently explained the finer points of playing golf. He also gave the children tips on how to make that one shot count.  

The children were anxious to step up to green to take their first swing in hopes that their club would connect with the ball.  

ACS is a charitable organisation run by the Sisters of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. With the help of volunteers, they look after the educational, social and economic welfare of underprivileged children – irrespective of race and religion.  

ACS operates as a learning centre for the children and is tasked with protecting, caring and supporting the children while they live with their families. The centre supports over 45 children between the ages of 4 and 18. 

“This is the first time Emirates has arranged for a golf clinic exclusively for children and at the first time round, we have the privilege of working with Darren Clarke.  

“The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we are honoured to have been extended the opportunity to host such a session for them,’’ said Alban Lee, Emirates’ country manager in Malaysia. 

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