#ATQSchool Rd 1: What they said

Bangkok, January 11: Read what Tour hopefuls have to say after their opening round of this week’s Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand.

William Cannon of the USA

William Cannon of the USA

William Cannon (Usa) Eight-under-par 64

I managed to hit the ball in all the good spots and didn’t really put myself in too much trouble throughout the day. I’m from Birmingham Alabama in the United States and I played in the University of Alabama for four years. I tried to get onto the Web.com but unfortunately I didn’t make it. I felt this is the next best step to further my career and get some good tournament experience in Asia. I decided to come over here and it has been great so far.

I’ve been here in Thailand for three weeks now and I like it so far. It’s January but it feels like summer to me. All the heat and conditions you have to deal with are certainly a factor for me. At the end of the day, you got to play good golf and there’s no easy way around it. Fortunately, I managed to do that today.

It was a big decision to travel all the way across the world, leave my family and come here to play but I know this will be a great step forward and there’s great competition over here. This is the best place for me to go to make my game better and this is where I want to be. I have a couple of friends like Casey O’Toole who have come here. He made it through the ADT and that has given me a lot of hope that I can do the same thing.

Arjun Prasad (Ind), Six-under-par 66

It’s a good morale booster for me. I played some solid golf today and didn’t make too much mistakes. I followed my game plan closely. This is my second week in Thailand and it’s getting pretty tiring already. My high school exams are next week and I’m making a big sacrifice by being here.

I’ve been playing golf for the last eight years and I won the Faldo Series Asia Grand Finals in China last year. My golf career has been good so far. I planning to turn professional if I can earn my Asian Tour card this week. I always look up to Jeev Sir as my inspiration from the very start. He has been a great role model and I hope to emulate his success one day.

Jack Wilson of Australia

Jack Wilson of Australia

Jack Wilson (Aus), Two-under-par 70

I played first stage that week between Christmas and New Year and went back home on New Year’s Eve. I flew overnight and got back in Melbourne on New Year’s Day. It was great to be able to spend that week at home. The first stage was good as I had some low scores and I played well.

Hopefully, I can do the same thing this week. This is the second time I’m playing in the Final Stage at the Asian Tour Qualifying School. The last time was three years ago. It’ll be good to get some status here on the Asian Tour as it’s the pathway to bigger and better things.

Being Australian, long hair, dreadlocks is almost a given except if you play golf. I’ve always wanted dreadlocks and it shouldn’t make any difference even if I wanted to play golf. If my hairdo can generate some interest to people who don’t actually watch golf, that would be fantastic. We need to grow the game as much as we can and if simple things like my appearance can do that, it would be great!

Sejun Yoon (Usa), One-under-par 71

I didn’t play well in the final stage of Qualifying School in Japan which was the first week of December. I decided to take three weeks off just to get away from golf and decided to come back out to try again at the Asian Tour Qualifying School. I did really well during the first stage. But coming into the Final stage today, I struggled in my first six holes where I was three-over.

I tried to be less aggressive after that and it worked out well. I’m not planning to go out there and get like eight birdies or something. Just want to get a decent score and hopefully that will be enough to get my Asian Tour card. I played a lot of golf in China and also on the ADT where I played 14 events in 2015. I was born in Korea and moved to Australia when I was 13 and then to San Diego.

Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), One-under-par 71

I haven’t touched my golf clubs for two week and it’s a challenge getting back into the grind of things. I didn’t have a good season in 2016. I played okay but didn’t have any significant results to show for. I missed out on my Asian Tour card as I finished 63rd on the Order of Merit. I plan to play some ADT events this season and get back my rankings back to within the top-200 in the world. That would be my goal for this year.