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From Running to Golf
Posted date: 01-Mar-2017

U Sports Capability Development aims to nurture and grow sports leaders within the Labour Movement through a customized tiered system of training and coaching. Through sports, we aim to engage communities on a deeper level and empower the sporting community members to take charge and contribute back to the Labour Movement. In this edition of our sports leaders feature stories, we speak to our Golf U CHAMP, Royston Jalleh.


Born into a family of runners, Royston is pretty much a natural athlete with a great track record, literally. His father was an avid runner and his brother, Godfrey, is once a renowned national runner back in the 1970s. In his late teens, Royston represented Singapore in the age-group levels at the ASEAN Schools Track and Field competition. However, having to train as a full-time athlete proved too much a financial strain back in the 1980s without a structured support from the National Sports Association. Thus, Royston had to make the tough decision to hang up his track shoes much to his father’s dismay and wounded pride.



Royston channeled his passion to a sport introduced by his peers – football, an easily accessible team sport which suited his outgoing demeanor. At one point, he was actively playing with the Singapore Celebrities team alongside Darryl David, Zheng Ge Ping and a couple of former national players.  However, his hay day was once again cut short when he ruptured his ligament in an invitational tournament. This time, he was forced to hang up his soccer boots for good.



Determined to stay active, he embarked on a different course that led him to his newfound passion in the game of golf.

On his sporting journey’s ups and downs, Royston exclaimed, “It’s tough but nothing is impossible. I took it as a challenge, I love challenges.”

In fact, after trying his hand at so many different sports, Royston claimed that Golf is the toughest sport he has ever played.



“It’s not an old man’s game. You have be strong physically and mentally. You need to be very focused to hit such a small target with a big swing. You need the stamina and patience to keep that focus for a whole 4 hours during the game. There’s also a lot of variables involved – terrain, weather, and most importantly, it takes a clear mind to play a good game.”



Apart from being an active participant in U Golf events, Royston also helped out as an emcee and offered operational support on the ground.

A true ambassador to the game he loves, Royston advocates essential golf etiquettes such as cleaning up the bunkers.





He looks forward to sharing his passion with others and achieving his sporting goal to make an Albatross – a professional term to score three-under-par on a single hole.



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