To many folks, even avid golfers, that tiny object which so many of us spend so much time and energy swinging at and then cussing all chasing after is simply a golf ball. It’s small, usually white, molded out of plastic, covered with inverted dimples that somehow affect where and how far it goes, and it has a brand name stamped on it. Some 500 million are produced annually in the U.S., most of them selling for $1 to $2 apiece.
The Dawn Coe-Jones that most sports fans know is a long-striding, confident golfer who is the only Canadian woman to have surpassed $1 million in career earnings. Last season was her best-ever on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour, she won her first tournament and a career-high $251,392, then added another $100,000 in December for winning the women’s Matchplay Championship in Hawaii.
Golfers in Singapore are among the most fortunate in the world. Within the small and affluent republic, there are no fewer than 25 courses. Although membership rosters of the top clubs in the island-state read like a Who’s of Singapore, and the majority of the leading establishments are strictly reserved for members and their guests, Singapore’s burgeoning golfing population, estimated at more than 70,000, is still spoilt for choice.