Special Olympics Malaysia partners MST Golf to host inaugural golf session for athletes

SOM athletes in a row before being taught how to swing a golf club. Photo courtesy of SOM.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24: Special Olympics Malaysia and MST Golf Academy jointly organised an introductory golf session for 11 Special Olympics athletes here recently.

The discovery and experience session was held from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) driving range. Athletes aged between 11 years and 34 years participated in the event, said SOM in a statement recently.

Before hitting balls at the range, the athletes underwent screening tests to assess balance, flexibility, coordination, strength, and stability. The tests helped coaches better understand the athletes’ abilities before teaching them golf swings.

Six volunteer coaches from MST Golf Academy guided athletes on how to hold golf clubs and took them step-by-step through basic swings. The coaches provided constant encouragement and affirmation, creating a supportive environment for the athletes to learn and for the first time as well, to try hit the golf balls.

“It was wonderful to see the curiosity and excitement from the athletes today,” said Pro Aaron Ng, Manager of The Golf Lab & Teaching Professionals. “This introductory session allowed them to experience golf in a fun, stress-free manner. We look forward to conducting more such sessions, and to continue creating awareness about the sport to Special Olympics athletes.”

MST Golf has been a supporter of Special Olympics athletes, and was one of the sponsors for twenty-two SOM athletes to compete at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin last June 2023. “We look forward to more partnerships that promote inclusion and allow more individuals to experience the game of golf,” said Ng Yap, CEO of MST Golf Group.