Young sporty lady Ashia Nocum brings honor to Zamboanga thru the world of golf PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:41

When 12-years old Ashia Nocum emerged as one of the winners in the 2nd Chairman’s Cup at Capitol Hills Golf and Country Club in Diliman  (read http://sports.inquirer.net/79755/chairs-cup-caps-capitols-successful-year ) last January 1, her Zamboangueňo father/award winning journalist/PR guru Armand Nocum knew her second child is going serious in this world of sport. He felt there is a need to virtually put their family lives on hold to train and prepare her for various major local and international junior golf tournaments starting this May.

It is no joke to raise an athlete in search of national pride and honor, Armand said. It will take a toll in the family as once more they to need to channel vast resources, time, effort and deep sacrifices to support Ashia, he explains. But it is all worth it, Armand beams with pride, as it will bring honor not only in our country but especially to Zamboanga City.

As a dedication to her dear daughter Ashia, Armand wrote about how they as parents support her passion in golf. Read about it at http://www.krislibrary.com/1/post/2012/04/parenting-and-the-struggles-and-hardships-to-raise-winning-kids.html .

Make us proud, Ashia, with hole-in-one always!

Since I am not a golf enthusiast, I search in the internet the advantages of playing golf  for kids and learned 5 benefits why children should play golf  (http://eaglejuniorgolf.com/Benefits_of_golf_to_kids.html). The article wrote that golf will foremost develop  kids into responsible adults. The game of golf has at its core a standard of behavior that lends itself to positive development. Personal skills such as honesty, integrity, courtesy and respect are all present in golf, regardless of the level of competition. Golf teaches kids to use good judgment and be responsible for their actions. It also encourages the highest level of sportsmanship. What other sport allows you to call a penalty on yourself with examples of this very thing being demonstrated on the biggest stages of the game? It is only golf.

Golf is also a game that families can learn and play together. And because of the handicap system that was created to determine a golfer’s playing ability and potential, moms and dads can actually compete with their children even if they play from different tee boxes or at significantly different skill levels.

Everyone knows how demanding the business world can be. It is no secret that some of the biggest deals have been conducted on the golf course. Who knows the child golfer may just one day impress just one client or boss with a skillful golf game or simply a high level of professionalism and conduct as it relates to the game, and this child may have just “punched a ticket” for future success for his or her parent's business.

And lastly, thanks to a new generation of golf professionals, strength, conditioning and nutrition are a significant part of golf instructional programs for all today. Golf is now a great low-impact way to develop the cardio activity, core stability, balance and focus that is necessary to function effectively from day-to-day and reduce the risk of health concerns for adults and children.



By Dante Corteza