05 April 2017
A Role Reversal
Jimmy Masrin has had extensive experience playing in pro-am tournaments. However, participating in the New Zealand Open Pro-Am Tournament in March was a rare experience and one he will remember for years to come. Jimmy teamed up with his son, Danny Masrin, who turned pro in July 2015, for the first time at the event.
“Playing in the NZ Open as a pro-am team with my son is a once in a lifetime experience that will go down in the memory book,” said the Asian Tour Chairman. “It’s not often we get the chance to play a competitive round as a father and son team and especially on such a grand stage.”
There are only three such tournaments in the world today: the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and the New Zealand Open Pro-Am Tournament. The rarity and greatness of the opportunity certainly made Jimmy nervous, so it was no wonder he put his ball in the mud on their first hole, a 460-meter par 5.
“That was our first hole and I was nervous playing in this format - two pros and two amateurs. I went in the right rough in the trees with my drive. I needed to fade a 7-iron for lay up but I didn’t want to fade and end up in a hazard. The ball was lying on the bank of the water. I can easily hit it but my stance would get me wet. So, I took my shoes and socks off and hit a pitching wedge to get on the green with a 105-meter shot,” explained Jimmy.
The third shot put the ball on the green and the Masrin team made two putts for par. “The days turned out to be very fun. I played off a handicap of six, so I was able to contribute to our team score of 12-under for two days,” added Jimmy.
Unfortunately, despite a solid score, the team didn’t make the cutline of 14-under. However, Danny did make the cut in the individual professional tournament, his first since a back injury that left him unable to practice.
While as a team they may not have secured the result they wanted, the duo clearly enjoyed the experience and Jimmy received some valuable tips from Danny, who was first inspired to play golf by his father’s own passion for it. After years of learning from his father, Danny is now handing out the advice on the course.
"I try to help him," explained Danny. "Well, he used to tell me what to do, so now I’m just returning the favor!”
The tables may have turned but the relationship between father and son continues to grow through their shared love for the game