SAFRA Golfing Section volunteers Bob Cheah and Dave Law do their part to share the joys of golf with more SAFRA members. “Be aware of expectations and be prepared to give one’s best,” said Bob Cheah, 77, a volunteer with the SAFRA Golfing Section (SGS) since 2002, has for all volunteers thinking of joining the interest group.
A retiree who is still active as a business consultant and business development advisor, Bob has been an avid golfer for more than fifty years, having first picked up the sport in 1964. A SAFRA member since 1992, he plays once or twice a week, as long as his schedule permits. “My advice is that fellow SAFRA members should be prepared to give their best and be committed gracefully to the tasks given to them as a volunteer,” he says. Fellow committee member Dave Law, 45, agrees.
“Volunteer with no expectations and give your best,” says Dave, a regional sales manager in the construction sector. “Be helpful and communicate well.” Contributions of volunteers are vital for all of SAFRA’s interest groups, and SGS is no different. Offering affordable golfing opportunities for enthusiasts to improve their skills, SGS also organises tours to overseas golf courses and supports SAFRA Mount Faber’s Annual Golf Championship.
Golfers need not be skilled to be part of SGS as novices are welcome to join. Bob and his committee make coaching arrangements to help such newcomers improve their games. SGS organises monthly matches at courses such as Marina Bay Golf Course and at Raffles Country Club. On selected Friday nights, it also organises range nights at Sembawang Country Club. A SAFRA member since 1994 and a golfer for nearly 15 years, Dave says he volunteers because he loves the camaraderie he experiences on the golf course, and is keen to help improve golfing standards for all in SGS.
As for Bob, he hopes for more SAFRA members to become a part of SGS, so that more people can join in the fun and add to the convivial atmosphere at monthly games and friendly matches with other organisations. Ultimately, Bob has continued to volunteer because he wants to share his golfing experiences with other keen golfers. He adds that he does it all, quite simply, “for the love of golf”.
For more info on volunteering with SAFRA Golfing Section, visit www.safra.sg/interest-groups/golfing-section.