Ming was remembered as the pillar of Lusignan Golf Club
Kaieteur News – Members of Lusignan Golf Club spent Saturday afternoon reminiscing about the contributions and friendship of Colin Ming who died suddenly on April 2.
Among those were current captain Patrick Prashad who had known Colin since they were in primary school together in Kitty. Patrick recalled many hours working with Colin on the composition of the club and that his friend was an extreme sticker for details on any issue. His knowledge covered all parts of the game, whether the rules, the right swing technique and issues like drainage and the right soil conditions for the lawns.
Importantly, he was the primary caretaker for the natural equipment used to care for the course and was always on hand to carry out repairs. He told the mower to break down on Saturday perhaps in grief. Immediately the question was who would take care of him now?
Colin was also remembered as a person of uncompromising principles by his family friend Hilbert Shields who said he always saw issues in black and white and this may be why he never felt comfortable running for club presidency . However, his contributions delivered with little fanfare have been numerous. His generosity in helping members improve their game was also noted.
Colin himself was a solid low handicap teenager with a reliable off-the-cuff drive and impeccable carving and rendering based on proper techniques. And he was a tough guy to beat, crushing him to much of his colleague’s frustration. With his understanding of the fundamentals he could have become single digit at any time, however, he had many other interests and often disappeared for months to go fishing or help with squash or car racing. With covid-19 he hadn’t been up to the course for maybe a year.
But last Monday to the surprise and delight of many members he showed up to play, and reported that he was his gentle and joyful self, including singing a Patsy Cline song when “his opponents game fell apart”.
On the nineteenth hole he was always excellent company and was often seen at the club late playing dominoes with the same competitiveness and intimacy as his golf game.
It has been agreed that at some convenient time in the future, the club will hold a memorial tournament in full recognition of its contributions.
Finally, as members sat under the tree on Saturday, the sun dipping below the horizon, the bar staff brought out a $ 1,000 note and said that Mr. Ming had left Patrick who had beaten him in the game the previous Monday. He was said to have even died after honoring his debts.