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Green shoots tee off

Singapore's golfing community is reaching out to younger players, even children, to keep the sport from phasing out. The fight for more young blood has never been more urgent.



Junior golfers teeing off at the driving range at Sentosa Golf Club. About 70 Singaporeans took part in the inaugural Singapore Golf Association’s (SGA) Junior Invitational in March. 14-year-old Sean Lee (in blue shirt) topped the male category for the Sentosa invitational.

"It's safe to say that the golfing fraternity goes beyond 36,000. It might not have grown tremendously in recent years but it hasn't shrunk that dramatically as the registered figure has shown," says SGA's Ross Tan.

AT the Sentosa Golf Club one afternoon in March, children are being both seen and heard. As my buggy rolls up to a youth invitational event held by the Singapore Golf Association (SGA), a group of junior golfers are trying out for the youth squad. On the sidelines, parents and coaches cheer them...

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