Arnond Ready to Challenge

Wed 27 Mar 2013

Arnond Ready to Challenge

Chiangmai, March 27: Rising Thai star Arnond Vongvanij is ready to emulate last year’s successful rookie season by taking a more relaxed approach at the US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT which starts on Thursday.

The slightly built Arnond won his first Asian Tour title at the King’s Cup in Thailand last December by defeating countryman Thaworn Wiratchant and Mardan Mamat of Singapore but has since struggled to reproduce his best form in 2013.

“I think I’m putting too much pressure on myself to do well. Last year I was a rookie so I just wanted to have fun and enjoy life on Tour. I think I’m going to try and do that. It is a good thing I figured that out early. I want to play golf and have fun with it. I think my game should get better,” said Arnond.

“My caddy actually told me after my round that I was more tensed than usual. Then I took a moment to think about it and I look back at how I played and I noticed that I didn’t really enjoy as much as I would normally do. When you are too tensed, you don’t really perform.”

Arnond, who is nicknamed Bank, was inspired by Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday and is prepared to take on Major stars Y.E. Yang of Korea, Ernie Els of South Africa and Michael Campbell of New Zealand at the challenging Alpine Golf Resort-Chiangmai.

“Kiradech and I know each other for a long time. I’m happy to see him win and battle it out with the world superstars. It shows us that if he can do it, so can we. It is nice to see someone lead the way. We will try and follow him,” said the 24-year-old.

A wrist injury has also been bothersome for Arnond but he is hoping to become the third Thai this year to win on the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season.

“My game is getting to where I want it. I’ve been fighting with my wrist injury for a little bit. It has been stiff and bothering me now and then. This week I went to see the physiotherapist and they did some treatment on it. It feels great now.

“I’ve been practising a lot during the break. In Thailand, you hit it off the mats so maybe that’s what caused my injury to my wrist,” he added.

Arnond might not be the longest hitter on the Asian Tour but will rely on his consistent short game at the Alpine Golf Resort-Chiangmai which measures to 7,471 yards.

“The course has really good greens which I like. It might be playing a little bit soft on the fairways so it might play a little bit longer. Everything else on the course is perfect.
The length of this golf course is not to my advantage but the greens are. It is fast and it is warm here. There’s an advantage and a bit of a disadvantage for me this week,” said Arnond.

The Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT is primed to extensively promote Chiangmai as a top golfing and tourist destination through the four days of live broadcasts on the Asian Tour’s global television platform, which reaches over 200 countries and 650 million homes.

The Chiangmai Golf Classic is supported by PTT Group Company Limited, one of the largest corporations in Thailand, while other premier sponsors include PTT Public Company Ltd, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Advanced Info Service Plc, Siam Commercial Bank PCL, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Provincial Government of Chiangmai, Chiangmai Provincial Administrative Organisation, CAT Telecom Public Company Ltd, TOT Public Company Ltd, Thai Airways International Public Company Ltd, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Samart I-mobile PCL , Loxley Wireless Co Ltd, Forth Corporation Public Company Ltd, J.R.W Utility Plc, Standard Tour Co Ltd, Advanced Information Technology Public Company Ltd, Fenix Apparel and Accessories Co Ltd and Sports Authority of Thailand.

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