Dubai-based Shiv Kapur hosts Masterclass Golf Clinic for Singapore’s next generation of talented golfers
The two girls and two boys from the SGA, aged just 10 and 11 and with disabilities already ranging from 18 to just 5, had a great time taking advantage of Shiv’s expert guidance; four time winner of the Asian Tour tournament as well as Grand Final winner of the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour 2013 at Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai on the importance of pre-shot routines, maintaining focus, fitness ball flight, practice and more.
Kapur came out of the lesson impressed with the level of golf he had seen from the next generation in Singapore.
He said: “It was awesome. When I was 12, I didn’t know half of what these kids already know. They have a very balanced head on their shoulders and they already know what they want. I asked tough questions and got some pretty mature answers. They already have an understanding of course management and its strengths. They are miles ahead of me when I was that age – I just knew how to swing a club!
Shiv believes there will be an even bigger upswing among children as the Asian Tour and the international series grows, and he predicts a bright future for the country in golf. “Singapore has great facilities, kids have a lot of exposure to golf here and it shows – every year on the course we see more and more Singaporean players competing and it’s great to see. As a child I watched the Asian Tour and it was my dream to be on the ropes one day. Today when we watch TV, children can dream of being on tour and I don’t think it’s just limited to the Asian Tour anymore. ‘Asia. When I talk to parents and kids all over the world, they all feel that the Asian Tour is where it’s at. We see a lot of kids wanting to take up golf and that was the sport that has seen the fastest growth of the pandemic – let’s hope it continues.”
The international series has an even wider impact, according to Kapur, who has already launched it in Thailand, England and Singapore and will be in a star-studded field battling for glory in Korea’s international series on the island. from Jeju next week.
He said. “The series has been fantastic, the treatment we get as players is world class. I’ve played world tours all over the place and on the international series you feel like you’re playing big events every week. The prize money is good, comparable to the European Tour and other tours around the world. I only wish this had happened earlier in my career! The Asian tour was once seen as a pathway to other tours, but with the international series, it’s become a destination rather than a pathway, and you’ll see a lot of Asian stars coming out of it.
The International Series moves from Singapore to Lotte SkyHill Country Club Jeju on Korea’s Jeju Island from August 18-21, with players vying for a $1.5 million purse for a second consecutive week.