Two SGA heads are better than one
Win or lose today, the two candidates for SGA president's post should work together to give local golf a push
They both dream big.
And if you listen to their plans, Singapore golf is set to soar.
Ross Tan and Low Teo Ping, who today contest - for the first time in the Singapore Golf Association's 55-year history - for the sports body's presidency, have been bold in their plans.
Tan, a 59-year-old businessman, wants to make golf accessible to everyone, even those without club memberships; especially children whose parents cannot afford golf memberships.
And he says: "Let us have bigger dreams for our talent", adding we should aim for medals beyond the SEA Games.
Low, 71, a retired banker and a leading Singapore sports official, also targets podium finishes beyond the SEA Games and he says: "Pipeline is lifeline for the future of the sport.
"Two key thrusts are critical for this - a structured national junior development programme to introduce the sport to more boys and girls, supported by easier access to the facilities.
"And increased playing opportunities for mid-amateurs, so as to bridge the gap between existing junior and senior golf competitions."
Low, the Sentosa Golf Club president, has submitted his manifesto with his application, and he emphasises on uniting the golf community for future growth.
This is a pertinent point as golf in Singapore has been sectionalised as playing professionals, teaching professionals, senior amateurs, amateurs and the young golfers, with little synergy among the groups.
He says: "We need to ensure that we have a clear perspective of our golfing ecosystem, so that we can work jointly to grow the sport in a constructive and inclusive manner."
Tan touches on this critical point, adding: "The golf association must play a strong leadership role as a National Sports Association acting on behalf of the entire golf fraternity."
The Jurong Country Club captain was granted permission to make his presentation of his manifesto to the 13-member election panel at the Annual General Meeting at the Singapore Island Country Club (Bukit location) this evening.
Both the candidates also elaborated that the sport has been used by many organisations and corporates to raise funds for multiple beneficiaries, but the SGA has done little in using golf to help itself financially.
The consensus among the golfing fraternity is that golf will benefit either way, whether Tan or Low is elected, as the duo are capable leaders with a strong sense of commitment to the sport.
That said, it is no doubt that the election will be a close call and it would be a pity that only one would succeed.
An ideal situation would be for the winner to rope in the loser as a key official in his association and work together towards their common goals.
Ironically, despite the duo's long association with the sport, they have never played together in a golf game, socially or in corporate events.
Post-election would be a good time for them to do so, and then join forces to take local golf to new heights.