By Joe Carlos

I first met Ramayah when I was a rookie sports writer with the Malay Mail in 1980.  He became a regular fixture in the Malaysian Open tournaments and I’d regularly seek him out for a few quotes.  What struck me then was how humble he was.  While covering the 1981 Manila Sea Games, we heard that Ramayah had won the Marcos Invitational that starred several world-class players including Bernhard Langer.  By and by, Ramayah’s prowess as a top national golfer grew by leaps and bounds and naturally he represented our nation in several World Cups.  I remembered how well he played in an international Skins Game organised as part of the Official Launching of the Sungai Long Golf & Country Club.  He played against the superstar Vijay Singh, Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus Jr.  My last encounter with him was over coffee during the Selangor Masters at Seri Selangor GC in November.  He was fine then.  Ramayah is a legend and will never be forgotten for his humbleness and willing to help others.  Once, I had to write a course review on Meru Valley GCC in Ipoh.  Ramayah was the pro there and offered to play 18 holes with me.  He agreed to give me a 12-stroke handicap and somehow I played okay and won RM35 from him.  I’d rather think he allowed me to win.  A true professional.  I’m grateful to have known him as a friend.  The golf industry will indeed miss his warm smiles and professionalism. Rest In Peace, macha!


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