Rayong, Thailand, January 14: Read what the fresh graduates of our 2018 Asian Tour Qualifying School have to say after securing their Tour cards for the new season.
Seungtaek Lee (Kor) – Final round 67 (-4), Total 341 (-14)
I am really happy to win the Asian Tour Qualifying School. This is my first attempt and I have played really well all week. I was a little nervous at the start of the week because of the big field and I know there are a lot of good players here.
I just played my own game out there and not think about anything else. After the three consecutive birdies from 15, I was trying to go for the win. I think I was being too aggressive coming down the 18th hole as I misjudged the distance with my approach shot and hit the roof of the marquee.
I was very lucky there. I didn’t get off to a good start. I made a double-bogey on the fourth but bounced back with an eagle-two on sixth. From there, I just played my own game.
I made a long birdie putt from about 14 metres on 16 and I knocked it down with my second shot on 17 to about two metres before sinking that putt. I had a good run coming home and it gave me a lot of confidence.
It’s been a great week for me. I have a good friend Giwhan Kim who is playing on Tour so I am looking forward to joining him now. I am thrilled to earn a spot at the SMBC Singapore Open next week. I am very excited now because it’s a big tournament.
Sorachut Hansapiban (Tha) – Final round 68 (-3), Total 342 (-13)
I am pretty disappointed with the bogey on the last as it costed me a spot at the Singapore Open next week. But overall, I am pleased with how I played, not just today but the entire week. It has been a grueling test playing 90 holes this week so to finish second, I can’t complain.
This is my third time attempting to get my Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School. I am glad I finally made it. I tried my best this week. I have a lot of positives to take into the new season.
Kurt Kitayama (Usa) – Final round 66 (-5), Total 344 (-11)
I hit a lot better today and I sank more putts. I made a few up and downs as well. I had four birdies in a row today. I know those holes are pretty scorable so I just took advantage of my solid wedge-play today.
I hit the pin on the sixth hole with my wedge shot today before tapping in for birdie. I came through the first stage of the Qualifying School last week. It was quite a grind and I finally got used to everything. It was a lot better this week.
This is my first attempt at the Asian Tour Qualifying School. It was a good experience. I came from Chigo, California and I went to school at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. I have heard about the Asian Tour from my friends before so I thought it will be a good opportunity for me to travel around the world if I can come and try out here.
Jakraphan Premsirigorn (Tha) – Final round 66 (-5), Total 344 (-11)
I putted really good today. I started the week with a four-over 75 so to finish with three straight 66s, I am really happy with the way I played. I made a long putt from about 20 feet to save par on the 14th hole.
This is my sixth time trying out at the Qualifying School. I missed out in all my previous attempts so I am very glad that I finally earn my Asian Tour card this week. I tried to play my way onto the Asian Tour through the ADT last couple of years.
I came close last year but unfortunately didn’t manage to finish inside top-five on the ADT Order of Merit. This week’s result will make up for the disappointments over the years.