Known by her nickname “TNT” to those who know her well, Tang Thi Nhung, is already a much-admired figure in Vietnam. She was the first Vietnamese woman to turn professional and remains the only non-amateur female golfer in the nation.
Now, as the recently appointed teaching professional at the club on Vietnam’s glorious south central coastline, Ms Nhung is ready to pass on her wisdom to the next generation of Vietnamese golfers: both male and female.
In joining The Bluffs, Ms Nhung becomes the first woman to hold a teaching professional position at any of Vietnam’s 40-plus clubs.
Having started the new job in early June, Ms Nhung is excited at the prospect of passing on tips and knowledge gleaned from years of experience competing on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour (LAGT) and at top tournaments around the world.
Not only that, but she is hopeful that her role as a mentor at a club ranked among the best in the world will help encourage more Vietnamese women to take up the Royal and Ancient game.
“Women’s golf has made huge strides over the years,” said Ms Nhung. “Players like Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb became household names thanks to their achievements and they’ve been succeeded by great players like Jin-Young Ko and Lexi Thompson.
“All over the world, young girls have been spurred to take up golf. Here in Vietnam, the game has been seen as something of a male-dominated preserve in the past. But I’m confident that my presence at a great club like The Bluffs will influence more young girls to take up golf.”
Since turning professional in 2007, Ms Nhung achieved a number of significant milestones in her career. Playing mostly in Thailand, she recorded a number of strong finishes in high profile tournaments. After deciding to move into tuition, she earned certification as a Golf Teaching Professional from the United States Golf Teacher Federation (USGTF): one of the most respected bodies in the world.
Given her outstanding track record, and her passion for sharing her knowledge of the game with others, it’s no surprise that the management team at The Bluffs is delighted at the arrival of Ms Nhung.
“She’s a great person to have around,” agreed Gary Dixon, The Bluffs general manager. “TNT has played all around the world and has spent a lot of time in Australia and the US, so there’s no issue with how she interacts with our foreign members. But she’s Vietnamese so she’s got a real drive to help grow the game in her home country. We are positive that our members and our guests will really benefit from her presence here.”