As a golf club manager/director of golf and as an occasional tournament player, I have seen firsthand what can happen when someone "buys" your caddie and I have sacked a few caddies for taking payment to screw up their player.
If you visit almost any website devoted to professional golf, you will see at least one story on the guy and probably more before the day is out. It doesn't matter if the guy is winning, losing or injured and not competing.
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas wrote a powerful piece where he urges the people to "not go quietly into that good night / rage, rage against the dying of the light."
As mentioned last week, my tournament efforts in Da Lat fell short… by a foot. Or, more accurately, two feet. Mine.
Well, my hopes for a win at the Vietnam Amateur Open at Dalat Palace GC came to a crashing halt on Thursday after being tied for 4th place after the first round.
The US Open Championship is always an exciting event, due to the fact that it's a major and, even more so, because the USGA is known for setting up courses in such a way that top playing professionals seek psychiatric help afterwards and gobble Maalox like candy during the rounds.
Getting into the US Open would expose him to sponsorship by equipment sponsors, clothing sponsors and would be a huge boost to his career. The temptation to let the 70 stand and keep his mouth shut would be enormous…
If you go to a golf course in the US or Europe, most of the time you can hear a pin drop because it's so quiet out there. While I have no illusions that this will ever change completely here, it sure would be nice if they lowered the volume a little…
As you might imagine, some golf courses are scrambling to fill empty slots and this means there might be a few really good bargains floating around.
You are responsible for your actions… both in life as in golf - which is one of the reasons we say golf is a microcosm of life.
With the opening of the Bluffs in Ho Tram, the Him lam GC near Tan Son Nhat Airport and the Jack Nicklaus course in Soc Son, people are asking if golf is getting ready to boom again here in Viet Nam or not. In my opinion, the question is not a simple one.
Private school transportation comes to town
Every afternoon, around 4.30pm, Nguyen Thi Lan, a bank employee in Dong Da District of Ha Noi starts getting worried. She waits for her boss to leave office, and then rushes off to pick up her daughter from school.
Charity begins at home, where the heart is
The story of an 80-year-woman in HCM City caring for 50 stray cats at her home for almost half a century has moved many people. The lonely woman has spent most of her time feeding stray and abused cats with the modest amount of money she earned from selling fish sauce at the Da Kao Market.
Criminals target smartphone users
Nguyen Van Manh, 70, in Ha Noi's Hai Ba Trung District recently notified Ha Noi police that he was swindled out of his entire bank account, which contained more than VND700 million.
Smartphone addiction a growing problem
Nguyen Hoang Nam from Ha Noi has a serious complaint: His girlfriend, Nguyen Thi Cam Nhung, appears to be more in love with her smartphone than with him.
Their goods are of all kinds, from "seasonal food" of Ha Noi like com (green rice flakes) and different fruits to the ordinary food like sweet potatoes, maize and bananas. These things are rarely sold in major stores, but people can buy them at just a few thousands dong.
Internet films should also face censorship
Early this month, the first episode of a new Vietnamese series on love, sex and friendship was aired on Youtube – one of most popular video sharing sites in the world. It was for viewers aged 18 and above.
Vinh said his fondest World Cup memories are of the one held in Italy in 1990. He said the excitement among fans could be felt one or even two months before the tournament kicked off.
Summer vacation taxes, vexes parents
Summer vacation brings joy to children but much worries to their parents, particularly those in urban areas because they do not have the time to take care and help their children to revise a lesson.
When summer fun was free, unforgettable
Every summer time, I fondly recall 20 years ago when I was a junior secondary-school student. In those days, neighborhood organisers joined hands in my district with the local Youth Union to provide activities for kids during June and July before we went back to school.
Women are still the family's cornerstone
Viet Nam is not like the West, where both men and women usually share the domestic chores, such as cooking, cleaning and washing. Here, women do all the household work - and then have to do extra jobs to earn money to pay for the ever increasing cost of living.
Too much drama may not be a good thing
The first time my younger sister, 23, visited a live theatre was to watch a traditional play at the Youth Theatre in Ha Noi's Ngo Thi Nham Street a couple of months ago.

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