Yesterday was such a proud and happy day for me. Every year, around this time, my sister flies back to play the qualifiers of the HSBC Women’s Champions. And this afternoon, I received the call to say that SHE WON IT. I don’t even know how to describe how proud, happy and excited and relieved I am!
HSBC’s pretty much the biggest tournament she’s ever played in, since its an actual LPGA event, plus also super competitive. Of course, she isn’t at the standard of the pros of the LPGA get, though i’m sure one day she will be. Where she always fights hard is for just the chance to play alongside them. It may not sound like a big deal, but trust me, IT IS.
There’s not a large pool of female golfers in Singapore who are committed to making this a profession. Even then, there is just a single coveted slot for ONE local qualifier to be part of the tournament. If anything, this is always her most important tournament of the year, especially because she comes back to play it on home ground.
I’m not gonna lie, golf is a stressful sport, and can be really brutal. I see it when she’s played through sickness, gotten beat because of one bum hole, collapsed in tears and congratulated friends who won it over her. It’s not easy, when there’s only room for one success story each year. And its not easy, the life of an aspiring athlete, especially in Singapore. Add on that the pressure of not having an alternative career as a safety net, and its a tricky situation that goes wayyy beyond the stresses of the game itself.
We’ve cleared just one tiny hurdle today. Now, its hard work for the main event, and of course, not losing sight of the main goal – to make this a career. It’s only just begun!