Boulet Blog: Reminiscing Malaysia

Tue 02 Jul 2013

Boulet Blog: Reminiscing Malaysia

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By Dom Boulet
My first visit to Malaysia was back in 1985 when I represented Hong Kong in the Putra Cup. One of the things I remember on that trip was watching on TV a young and energetic Boris Becker diving all over centre court to win Wimbledon for the first time. That was an awful long time ago! I have been going back to Malaysia since then and it still remains as one of my favourite places to visit as I have many really good friends down there.
The recent visit to the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters was enjoyable. The week started off with a fine dinner in honour of our Executive Producer, Mike Crowe who is departing these shores to go back to the Emerald Isle which is where he is from.
Mike was tasked with the job of setting up Asian Tour Media which is the television arm of the Asian Tour. It has not been an easy four years as you can imagine but Mike jumped into the role with gusto.
His obvious love for golf and TV production is infectious and I have really enjoyed our time together and he will be missed. Mike is all hands on and pays great attention to detail. He is the sort of guy that if you ask him for an elephant, he will find you a circus. He may not be here full time from now onwards but Mike will be back for a few events, especially the co-sanctioned ones with the European Tour, so we look forward to those weeks already.
The sound of the alarm clock the following morning at 7am was like the singing I had witnessed just a few hours before while toasting Mike’s contribution and achievements during dinner which ended later than expected. And it was not music to my ears!
Fortunately, we were not on air that day, it was a day of rehearsals and fact finding. Many a bleary eye staggered onto the bus and it was not from the haze that had engulfed this part of South East Asia. We may have been breathing bad air but at least we were breathing!
We made our way to the Seri Selangor Golf Course. It is Malaysia’s first bona fide public course but boy, is it a gem. I have come to this conclusion, I like Ross Watson-designed courses. He has a few in Malaysia - Kota Permai, Horizon Hills and Seri Selangor - being the ones I am familiar with but they are all great courses and fun to play. Talking to most of the players, they seem to like his courses too.
We witnessed another exciting finish at the Selangor Masters and congrats to Pariya Junhasavasdikul. He played brilliantly near the end when the pressure was really on. In this game, the players take great satisfaction in hitting quality shots under intense pressure and that is what Pariya did. He bombed drives down the middle of fairways on the closing holes and made the clutch putts. Being able to do that when it is needed will give him tremendous confidence.
A word for Gavin Green too. He’s certainly a great talent and a class act too! Calling a penalty on himself when he had a chance to win makes me proud to be part of this game. His coach Tony Maloney is an old friend and a former Asian Tour player and I know Tony is very proud of him and his younger brother Galven who also played in Selangor but missed the cut.
Well, no tournaments for a while but it will be busy come September and the schedule is packed from then on. I am going to use this time off wisely and head to the gym to work on my fitness. Can someone tell me where the nearest gym is?
Note: Dom Boulet is a TV commentator for the Asian Tour.