MMC GAMUDA'S DATO IR WONG WAI CHING SPEAKS ON TEEING OFF AND RMAF GOLF COURSE
APRIL 6, 2019 @1.38 PM
Everybody wants to win, but you have to take golf as a relaxing game. Of course, there are times you have no control over your emotions”, says Dato’ Ir Wong Wai Ching project director MMC Gamuda KVMRT (PDP) Sdn Bhd with a smile.
Wong who currently swings his clubs as a means to exercise, pointed out that his interest in golf started way back in 1987, when he was one of the first 100 members at the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF) golf course in Subang Jaya.
His craze didn’t just stop there. Much to his delight, there was a golf course on his campus while he pursued his Master’s programme in Bangkok.
“I was an enthusiast. I played more golf than I studied. Being on a small campus made it all easier for me to travel to the course on my bicycle, cycling all the way while dragging along my golf cart,” he adds in an exuberant manner.
His gusto for golf carried on for the next 15 years, not only taking part in social golfing but in competitions as well. The peak was winning the company’s annual golfing championship year after year. With the capability to hit as far as 200 metres, Wong’s favourite is a 3-wood.
Common dilemma among golfers
However, as work pressure began to pile up during the progression of his career, he soon found himself having lesser time for the game.
“Besides work, most golfers found it challenging to split time between the game and the family. The wives were unhappy and you can tell, which led to more competitions giving away lucky draw prizes in order to bring back a compensatory gift to their homes.”
Taking the game outside
Despite not playing frequently outside Malaysia, Wong had graced over six countries and played in places such as Hanoi, Cambodia, Jakarta, Bangkok and Hong Kong. One of his favourites being the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen – a drive away from Hong Kong at a golf club which offers over 12 fantastic courses.
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