AS the tournaments go by and the season rolls on, I’m quietly reminded that this is my ninth year as a professional golfer and I’m sincerely grateful for all that has transpired up to now.

Along the way, as you can imagine, I’ve met some amazing people and among them are the “host families” with whom I have stayed during tournament weeks over the course of my career.

I don’t think I talk about them enough or give them the credit they deserve for how each and everyone of them has impacted my life.

I think I write enough about the week-in and week-out experiences on the road and the performances and results I

Golf: It’s like home away from home

AS the tournaments go by and the season rolls on, I’m quietly reminded that this is my ninth year as a professional golfer and I’m sincerely grateful for all that has transpired up to now.

Along the way, as you can imagine, I’ve met some amazing people and among them are the “host families” with whom I have stayed during tournament weeks over the course of my career.

I don’t think I talk about them enough or give them the credit they deserve for how each and everyone of them has impacted my life.

I think I write enough about the week-in and week-out experiences on the road and the performances and results I’ve been posting.

So, this week, I thought it would be a good and interesting subject to talk about them as many of you don’t know all of the things that go on during a week of an LPGA tournament.

I personally do try to sign up and stay with families because it makes me feel like I’m home and I’m not lonely after golf like when I get back to my hotel room.

It also helps save some costs on the road as accommodation can get pretty expensive.

We sign up through our player portal and the housing chairperson pairs us with a family in the area.

I’ll get in touch with them and let them know my travelling schedule and when they can expect me and we take it from there.

It is usually an exciting experience as I have no idea who they are, but they know they are hosting a professional golfer.

They will usually have lots of questions lined up on the first night at the dinner table.

I will say all my host families have become part of my family and I stay in touch with lots of them, and they also follow on how I’m doing on Tour.

They all treat me like I’m their own daughter out there, trying to feed me the best they can each week, and always making sure I’m as comfortable as I can be.

Last week I played the Meijer Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan and there was another fellow Malaysian in the field – Natasha Andrea Onn.

It was Natasha’s first tournament as a professional and I was very excited for her, and so was she.

Although she didn’t make the cut, I know she would have learnt a lot from the week.

I tried to be the “big sister” for her last week, making sure I answer all her unknown questions of nervousness, and everything else.

We took Natasha out for dinner, I played a practice round with her and tried to give her every bit of information I knew about the course.

I also invited her and her mom (Yenni) to my host family’s home for dinner. It is a super relaxing house, and it is on the lake.

We went for a boat ride after dinner and chatted about golf. Lots of my host families will make their way to the tournament course and watch me play.

It is exciting for them and as well for me, to see a familiar face in the crowd.

I feel fortunate to have met all of them through the years and knowing that I can call on them if I need help or a place to stay.

I’m so grateful that I have these families who have opened their homes up to me and warmly welcomed me.

During the Covid restrictions it was especially difficult, as sometimes I could not get back to Malaysia or Canada.

They always make me feel like I’m at home, so I just want to say a huge “thank you” to each and everyone of them.

I prepared big-time for this week – the third Major of the season, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship held at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

There’s lots of history to this club and the course is in a great shape. I was super excited to tee it up and I just hope to do my family and friends, my country and myself proud here.

Till next month, play good golf, enjoy yourselves and stay safe.



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