Source: Ali Kasim, The New Paper Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013  PIC: golf.family.my

David Leow and Mizuno want to break a common misconception about golf.
 
Tell Leow, senior manager of Mizuno, that golf is an expensive sport, accessible only to the elite and he is likely to scoff and shake his head.
 
"Not any more," he said, in an interview with The New Paper.
 
"Many people don't realise that a decent, full set of golf clubs costs ($299) less than a high-end tennis or badminton racket.
 
"But golf in Singapore is still lacking support from people in the industry. There are so many predicaments for someone wanting to take up the sport - from clubs to coaching to club membership."
 
To make golf more accessible to the Average Joe, Leow believes the work must start from junior development.
 
It is why Mizuno is planning to set up a golf academy in Singapore by the end of the year.
 
The academy, similar to the Mizuno and Golf House academy in Kuala Lumpur that opened in 2009, will be aimed at developing junior golfers to compete at the international level.
 
"What is lacking in Singapore is a proper golf programme in schools," said Leow, who pointed out that - although there are around a dozen golf schools here - only a handful of primary and secondary schools offer golf as a CCA (co-curricular activity).
 
"This is important so that when students complete schooling, they would have had proper training in golf.
 
"We have the hardware and software, it's just a case of the sport being given the opportunity as a CCA.
 
"If more young people, from all income groups, take up the sport, the faster it will grow."
 
The academy here will focus also on training local instructors.