From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to St. Joseph, Missouri, Victor Ng is doing his best at adjusting to his new college life as a Division II golfer.
“It is not that easy because of the culture and the language barrier,” Ng said. “What we do is so different, it took me a while.”
Golf back in the capital of Malaysia was quite different than what it is in the U.S.
“The courses here are much better. The course conditions are not that good,” Ng said. “It is really wet and is actually really tough and the grass is totally different.”
Ng had a couple of different options when choosing the school he was going to attend, but ultimately decided that Missouri Western was the place for him.
“One of the alumni was my friend.” Ng said. “We were close so I got to know that she attended this college (Missouri Western) and she told me good things about Missouri Western.”
Moving halfway across the world is stressful enough for an 18-year-old. It becomes even more difficult with the stress added from COVID-19.
Head men's and women's golf coach Greg Dillon thinks that Ng is coming along just fine.
“As far as adapting to Missouri Western, I think he has done very, very well.” Dillon said. “The hard part for really everyone is adapting to the COVID pandemic and not being able to play.”
Ng's strength on the course is one of the best attributes to his game.
Teammate Jake Mikesch commented on his skill.
“He is a great golfer, he hits the heck out of the ball.” Mikesch said. “I have never seen anyone hit it the way he can.”
Dillon also saw potential in Ng's swing before he decided on adding him to the team.
“When I saw the potential of his swing and how strong he was, it was a pretty easy decision to say ‘oh let’s go get this kid.’” Dillon said.
Golfing has been Ng's sport since he was 7 years old.
“I have been playing for 12 years. Before I was playing golf, I played badminton.” Ng said. “Along the way I played volleyball and table tennis. Eventually I just stuck with golf.”