Last week we won a competition for free golf lessons for the children. Rupert was working so I took them up to the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. I was slightly nervous as the minimum age was seven, which Rupert had them Leo was. He is only five.
They were put into groups with the other winners and off we all went into the searing heat to watch or play. Olivia lasted about three minutes. I agree it was pretty damn hot. Bea did rather better. But Leo was incredible. I watched him hit some drives that I thought looked pretty impressive, but then I am not a golfer and really couldn’t tell you what is impressive or not. I always think Leonardo is impressive, whatever he is doing.
But then a photographer came up to me who was taking pictures for the paper of the event. “I can’t hit a golf ball that hard,” he told me. A few minutes later one of the buggy drivers approached me. “Everyone is talking about your son,” he said. “He has a great future as a golfer ahead of him.” Next it was one of the pros. “Your son has a real talent,” he told me. I started to feel like I was in a film.
It is too hot now to play golf but when it gets cooler sometime in October Leo will pick up his clubs again and we’ll see if he really can be a great, or even very good, golfer. Meanwhile I am packing his tennis kit to take on holiday to France with us, just in case….
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2009