news updated: 14 Nov 2010

Lochmaben man in the news

Local man, Michael Dickie jnr is having some success in the golf world with youngsters in China.

Extract from the article by Douglas Lowe in the Herald (Glasgow) on 6 November 2010:

The Scottish professional, Michael Dickie paraded two of his Chinese proteges this week at the HSBC Champions Pro-am in Shanghai and it was a case of deja-vu for Adam Scott, the Australian ranked No 42 in the world, when he was beaten by a 12 year old girl.

Dickie, from Lochmaben, coaches Lucy Shi Yuting, the Chinese Girls Champion, and Li Hao Tong, 15, the boy's champion, and both played a hole alongside Scott and Phil Mickelson. Shi who had already come third in a Chinese LPGA event, had a regulation par which could not match Mickelson's birdie but did beat Scott's bogey.

The wind-ups that followed were nothing new. Six years ago in Hawaii, Scott finished behind the then 14 year old Michelle Wie as she came within a shot of making the cut in the Sony Open.

Dickie reached China via the Burhill Club in Surrey and worked at the David Leadbeater Academy in Shanghai before moving to the Silport Club. He hopes to produce his first Chinese winner of an Olympic Gold Medal--golf returns in Rio in 2016--and sees differences in attitude between young Chinese golfers and their British counterparts.

"Over here the school system encourages children to be more disciplined" he told the HSBC website. "They are used to be told what to do. Children from the UK are less likely to adhere to instruction but against that they are more likely to be inventive and to experiment with this shot and that. They don't rely on their coaches quite so much"

The photos show Lucy with Gary Player and with Michael at a recent Gary Player Coca Cola Charity Event.