Published on: Sunday, June 03, 2012
Kota Kinabalu: Sabahan golfer Solomon Emilio Rosidin received the much needed funds as he left for the Jakarta World Junior Golf Championship on Saturday.
The 15-year-old who is to represent the country for the competition which will be held from June 5-8 at the Damai Indah Golf club together with fellow Sukma-bound teammate Jordan Mobijohn was earlier looking for funds to finance his trip.
The two who were selected by the Malaysian Golf Association had to finance their own airfares and Solomon who was to be accompanied by his father was facing a very tight budget, but luckily for him some sponsors came to his rescue at the last minute.
Ronald Cooke, the former Sabah Football manager who guided the team to their only success in the FA Cup triumph was the first to come forward to help the youngster as he managed to collect RM1500 from anonymous donors, according to him.
He said it was very unfortunate that a young player who is to represent the country faces such a dilemma.
"I could have collected more if I was given more time.
And I hope with the small contribution the boys can have peace of mind and concentrate on their game."
He urged the boys to try their best in the competition and he said the funds given to then was not to add extra pressure but instead to take off some of the burden so that they can perform well in the competition.
'Try your best. Win or lose you will still learn from the experience and it is only good for your future in the sports," he said.
Solomon also received RM500 each from Community Development & Consumer Affairs Assistant Minister Datuk Herbert Timbon Lagadan and Kota Belud Member of Parliament Datuk Abd Rahman Dahlan at the eleventh hour.
He said he was grateful for the support given by them and the MGA and vowed to give his best in Jakarta.
The two young golfers had been doing well very well in recent competitions here in the country.
Solomon who won the recent SGCC Amateur Open title also claimed the MSSM Under-15 title while Jordan finished in third place in the recent Sarawak Amateur Open.