Gavin Green has dedicated his maiden Asian Tour victory at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters to his late grandfather, Gerald Green, who passed away on September 17.
“My grandfather played a huge part in my life and he wanted to see me win. I told everybody earlier this week that it would be huge if I won this for him. It is a huge deal that the win came at this point in time. It will not come at a better time even though mum and dad are not here. They are busing helping grandma,” said the 23-year-old after his two-shot victory at Taiwan Golf & Country Club yesterday.
Gavin’s father, Gary, noted that the two were extremely close although his parents lived in Penang and they did not meet as often as they would have liked. After leaving his engineering job in the 1980s, Gerald pursued a degree in speech communications in the US and became the only Toastmaster-accredited speaker outside North America.
“He and Gavin enjoyed clowning around. Dad always had a joke or two to make the boys laugh every time they met,” said Gary, whose younger son Galven is a stalwart of the Malaysian national golf team.
“Dad was immensely proud of the two boys and carried cuttings of them in his wallet. He picked up golf from the armchair; never played it but picked it up watching TV because the boys were so involved in it. Gavin was the only grandchild for six years so he was really the apple of his eye,” added Gary.
Gavin, who finished second in the Shinhan Donghae Open in Korea two weeks ago after leading going into the final round, noted that he was even more motivated to win following his grandfather’s passing.
“The defeat in Korea was hard on me. I was trying so hard but this is the game of golf. You can’t force it. After my grandad passed, I knew the win might happen this week or within this year. Before his death I didn’t think it will come this year.
“I think his death pushed me to try harder and win. He was definitely with me today.”