PETALING JAYA: Gary Green is counting his blessings.
While many parents have to watch their children in action at the Olympic Games from the television screen, the 55-year-old Gary will be caddying for his son Gavin in yet another Olympics when the men’s golf competition tees off at the Kasumigaseki Country Club today.
Gary was with Gavin too when the latter finished 47th out of 60 competitors in Rio five years ago.
Although Gavin has his own regular professional caddy, Gary does step in whenever he’s needed too.
Son and dad had also combined for many events on the European Tour and Asian Tour, but the best experience had to be at the British Open in Scotland in 2018.
Gavin made a commendable Major debut then, making the cut and finishing in a tie for 61st at the Carnoustie Golf Links.
“I will always treasure moments like these with him,” said Gary.
“I caddy for both boys – Gavin when he was starting out and now, for Galven (younger son) as well and I enjoy doing it.”
But golf was not something Gary wanted Gavin to venture into at first.
“It was hockey and chess but eventually Gavin picked up golf. He was an active youngster - he tried almost everything - football, tennis, basketball, running, ping pong and badminton.
“It’s an honour to be with him here, I will do my level best at this Olympics to keep him competitive as I know his current challenges and frame of mind.”
Gary said it was a good experience staying in the Games Village.
“You get to meet athletes from all sports. I’ve met a guy from Kelantan who is cooking Malaysian food here and got my roti canai fix!
“The tough part is probably sharing a room and having so many guys share a common bathroom. That takes some getting used to.”