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悼念我的好友

撰文/照片:Timothy Low

Arie Irawan (left) with Timothy Low (right) at Singapore's Universal Studios

究竟為何兩個截然不同的人會成為好友?一個是來自馬來西亞的穆斯林:虔誠、自律、有禮;另一個是來自新加坡的天主教徒:染了一頭金髮、愛抽雪茄喝冧酒——答案是對高爾夫球的熱誠。

 

我倆的友誼始於 15 年前。2004 年,我到泰國參加一場國際青少年高爾夫球場,在回程的大巴上首次認識 Arie,很快就和這位身型高大的馬來西亞男孩成為好友。之後幾年,我們頻繁地以短訊來往或在各地賽事碰面,其後他遠赴美國奧克拉何馬州大學升學,我們每周都會透過 Skype 上軟件聊天。Arie 在 2013 年回到亞洲轉打職業,與我一起開展亞巡賽上的職業生涯,我們經常一起旅行、練習甚至合租酒店房間,是我在亞巡賽上的最佳伙伴。

 

我們在練習輪準備賽事的方式總是南轅北徹。Arie 習慣孜孜不倦地在碼數表上做功課、反覆計算及制定每個洞的作戰策略。至於我呢,開球總是用一號木,採用最進取的路徑進攻果嶺。Arie 經常認為我打球不經大腦,而我就會調侃他沒有膽色。話雖如此,我們非常享受有對方作伴,而我更佩服他的敬業精神,從未停止尋找讓自己進步的方法,不止是高爾夫,而是生活各個層面。

 

Arie 總是在啟發我去成為一個更好的高爾夫球手、一個更好的兒子、一個更好的人。他就是一個如此了不起的男人,一個能夠勉勵他人的階模。

 

Arie Irawan 於今年四月七日在睡夢中與世長辭,正值在海南三亞參加美巡中國賽事期間。他只有 28 歲,在父母 Ahmad 及 Jeny、兄弟 Adam 及 Danial、妹妹 Iman、妻子 Maria 及我這個染了一頭金髮、愛抽雪茄、喝冧酒的新加坡天主教徒的陪伴下,入土為安。

 

我會永遠懷念你,直至我們重聚的一天,願你安息。