I'm afraid for a golfer- quite a lot of persuasion
It depends on the sport really for me and while anyone that can place a golf ball on a green deserves a lot of sporting respect- it's not a sport I have personal preference towards.
I'd offer support in terms of coaching, advice, time and marketing to a sportsperson that proved to be an inspiration to myself. I personally prefer to support an underdog. I've looked after a number of local cyclists with equipment to keep them riding recently.