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The Ocean Teems – Meet Tom Higson

The more we look at golf, the more people we see who look like us. In fact, we are discovering that there are a huge number of professional and amateur players who want to be able to choose products that reflect their personal beliefs. Golf is teeming with them!

MEET TOM HIGSON #oceanteems
Tom’s COVID-19 experience has almost been as challenging as ours.

How did you get into golf?
I was a swimmer first and foremost but aged about 13 I started to realise that it wasn’t for me. The only problem was that I had 2 brothers who still went to training! So that meant I had to go too. Luckily, I discovered that just over the fence there was a golf course called Eyemouth. That’s where I learnt to play.

Have you always had an interest in the environment?
I was brought up by the sea. I used to hit golf balls along the beach for my dogs rather than throwing them a ball. It was part of our everyday life, but we were really aware of its beauty and its connection to the land. I actually wanted to be a marine biologist when I was younger, but that just wasn’t meant to be.

How did you come to learn about OCEAN TEE?
The last time I went to my parents and took a stroll on the beach I was shocked by the amount plastic and debris that is there now. It was never like that when I was growing up. When someone told me about OCEAN TEE I was really interested to find out more about them. It was great to hear that there were people like me who love the sea and love golf and had been able to find a way to bring things together to put sustainability to the forefront of golfers’ minds.

What do you think golf can do to better protect the environment?
For a long time I have been wondering why someone hasn’t taken responsibility for shaking the golf industry up. We depend on beautiful environments to play the sport we love and that means that we need to take good care of them. I’ve been working in a golf shop for the last 6 years and I have been astonished by the amount of unnecessary packaging and plastic in particular that we would get sent. I worry that golfers don’t even think about what they buy and use either. But, if someone can offer them a sustainable alternative then I am sure that they will stop and think about what they are doing and change their behaviour.

What advice would you give to any golfers out there who are interested in the environment?
Plastic tees have always bothered me. They are broken and scattered on pretty much every course I play on. They damage machinery and they end up in the sea and on our beaches. If everyone can make that one simple switch from plastic to bamboo golf can make a massive positive difference. Tees are the easiest, cheapest thing to change and will have no effect on your game.

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