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Ronny Suetens (57) – volunteer Kempense Golf Club, hosting hole 9.

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Hello Ronny, tell us a little bit more about yourself. Who are you, where are you from and which club are you member of?

My name is Ronny Suetens. I was born and raised in Lier, a town counting around 33000+ inhabitants, south-east to Antwerp. It’s well-known by tourist too. My wife and I are members at the Kempense Golf Club in Mol. It’s quite a drive from Lier (54 km), but worth each kilometer, as this is one of the most beautiful courses in the country.

 

What do you do in your day-to-day life?

I work at Nokia as a senior director in their Networks Global Service Engineering organization. For my job, I travel abroad frequently and, if possible, I take that opportunity to play golf courses overseas.

 

For how long have you been playing golf and what’s your current handicap?

I started playing golf in 2011 and I’m currently having a 17,5 handicap.

 

What do you like most about golf?

The continuous challenge of every round to beat the course, improving your game and at the same time being outdoors in great company. I also enjoy the Match Play winter competition at my home course as this is played in a great team spirit. Both my wife and myself have made many good friends playing golf.

 

What was your most beautiful golf experience or course that you played at?

We started getting interested in golf when we once had lunch at a golf course during a holiday in Hawaii. Unfortunately, we were not playing yet at that time. However, since then we played at more than 60 courses around the world, Santa Barbara Beach Club in Curacao is on top of our list.

 

How did you end up at BKO and why did you want to cooperate?

In addition to playing the game, I also started to engage beside the course. I’m Rules Official at the Royal Belgium Golf Federation and member of the technical committee at my home club. I’ve been involved in several (international) golf tournaments and therefore I did not hesitate to volunteer for the BKO. This seemed an ideal opportunity for me (and my wife) to experience the atmosphere of a big tournament even more. Being at arms-length to players you admire remotely on television is something you don’t want to miss out.

 

Who is your favourite player and why?

My personal favor is Matt Kuchar. Although he is not considered as one of the top players, I love seeing him play. He always displays such joy during the game. Never upset, always friendly, always has time for his fans. He probably won’t be at the BKO, but we have a local Flemish guy that has many of his traits. So there’s nothing to worry about 😊

 

What are you looking forward to the most during the event?

I have played Rinkven several times and I’m really curious how these top guys will be attacking this course. Most probably, I will be astonished and amazed by every shot.  

 

What makes BKO unique, according to you?

The Knockout formula, for sure. Starting as a traditional first 2 days, it will move into a real battle during the weekend. Although it remains Stroke Play, the fact that you play against a competitor will bring in elements of Match Play. It’s the best of both worlds during 9 hole battles. How much fun can this be!

 

Why should everybody go to BKO?

Belgium is a small country, but has many players, male and female, who are part of the golf scene at the highest level. They, and the 65000 golfers, deserve their own tournament. Everyone who loves golf should be there!  

 

The organization for volunteers for the Belgian Knockout is organized and coordinated by Golf Vlaanderen, in close liaison with Rinkven International Golf Club & PietersProductions. Besides the organization for volunteers, Golf Vlaanderen will commit to the promotion of the Belgian Knockout, to enthuse as many non-golfers as possible, for golf and the event.