Stay positive in these trying times


  • Golf
  • Sunday, 29 Mar 2020

WELL, like many of you I was so excited to start my LPGA Tour season in the United States this month, which unfortunatelywas postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

I have spent the past month face-timing with my family back in Malaysia as I know our government issued the MCO (movement control order) which was initially for a 14-day period and which has now been extended another 14 days.

It’s during times like these that I have been reminded of the simple things in life – things that we often take for granted – health, family, freedom, employment and most importantly unity as a country.Wishing all Malaysians well, Kelly is maintaining a positive outlook.Wishing all Malaysians well, Kelly is maintaining a positive outlook.

I am so proud to see the strong stance that the Malaysian government and others around the world have taken in the battle in this time of uncertainty.

I have also had my season completely changed over the past few weeks with a total of six events on the LPGA Tour that I was expecting to play postponed, with no new dates confirmed.

I just received the news that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has also been postponed until next year which I know is best for all the fans, athletes, officials, sponsors, media, the international Olympic family as a whole and everyone else involved, but it was something I had been very excited about and working extremely hard to be part of again – to represent Malaysia again.

I have been fortunate to maintain my training regime with Rich Hesketh here in Calgary, Canada. I know that right now in Malaysia there are many things that are not normal and its important that we all try and keep the right perspective on the situation.

I have been doing everything I can to maintain the mental and physical discipline needed to be ready for when things get back to normal.

One of the things that keeps me positive during this time is that I have been able to stay connected with loved ones and pick up some new hobbies. We must stay positive!

The virus can be beaten if we all do our part. I just want to thank all those in the medical fields such as doctors and nurses that are saving lives daily and putting themselves at risk to keep us healthy.

All of us, as fellow Malaysians should continue to do our part and stay at home to ensure that we can beat this virus.

My routine, lifestyle and job has obviously changed today, and now I have been enjoying cooking, watching Netflix series and continuing to work out.

It actually doesn’t sound too bad at all, but I’m going to enjoy this while I can because I know when the LPGA is ready to resume and life gets back to normal, my schedule is going to be hectic.

So instead of looking back when all this is over and regretting that I didn’t take advantage of this time off I am going to do everything I can to see the light at the end of this somewhat dark tunnel.

The days of packing a 25kg golf bag, 25kg suitcase and two carry-on bags through airports around the world will be back soon enough, but till then I chose to be happy and healthy.

I miss golfing everyday and look forward to that next tournament, for sure. I wish everyone in Malaysia, all the Malaysians around the world, my fans and supporters, and the readers of

The Star, find happiness and health as well, during this time and remember this “This too shall pass.”

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