#ATQS-Preview What They Said

Tue 12 Jan 2016

#ATQS-Preview What They Said

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Hua Hin, Thailand, January 12: Read what players are saying ahead of the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage which starts on Wednesday.
Jose Rolz of Guatemala Jose Rolz of Guatemala
Jose Rolz (GTM)
I like the Asian Tour a lot. I have heard a lot of good stuff on the Asian Tour and I know there are a lot of good players out here. The Asian Tour supports its players a lot and players can jump onto the world stage through playing on the Asian Tour. Even the Asian Development Tour offers world ranking points. There are a lot of exposure and opportunities out here in Asia.
This is my first time playing in the Asian Tour Qualifying School. I had a great first stage last week and it’s been really fun so far. I turned professional just six months ago after finishing my college in the States. I am 24 this year.
I am from Guatemala, a small country where there are only six golf courses! It’s been an adventure for me so far. I’m like the second generation of golfers from Guatemala trying to get to professional levels. After finishing college, I wanted to go to a place where I will get the opportunity to get onto the world stage. I learnt a lot about the Asian Tour and that’s why I decided to come here.
You won’t believe it but we see a lot of coverage on the Asian Tour back home. Anirban Lahiri is definitely one the players whom I have heard about a lot. I like Lahiri a lot. He seems pretty cool. I like Kiradech (Aphibarnrat) as well. He’s unique and he’s always focused. It’s inspiring to see how these players have jumped onto the world stage through playing on the Asian Tour. I think the Asian Tour is doing a great job! That’s why I think I should come and try to earn my place from here.
It’s very hot here but I’m getting used to it. The Springfield course is really demanding but I like it here. There are some tough holes out there but I enjoy the challenge.
I feel like I’m out on an adventure coming to this part of the world on my own. I have been to Asia a couple of times before when i was still an ameteur and I really like the Asian cultures. The people here are very smiley and friendly.
I turned professional in July last month. The game has been getting along very nicely for the last three weeks. I am really excited for the week ahead. Asia’s growing and I would like to believe that I belong here in Asia. I will try my best to secure my card this week.
Juan Ignacio Lizarralde (Uru)
Juan Ignacio Lizarralde of Uruguay Juan Ignacio Lizarralde of Uruguay
The game’s good. I’m very happy to make it through the first stage. This is second attempt at the Qualifying School since 2013. It has been really fun out here for me so far. It’s great that I get to practise with my good friend Jose (Rolz). We are staying together and I’m looking forward to a great week ahead. I want to play good and enjoy myself out there.
Jose and myself are both from Latin America. I got to know him a couple of months ago when we were playing in an event together in Latin America. We became friends and I told him my plans to come here to Asia. He said he is interested and here we are. It’s great to have company out here.
I heard a lot about Asia and the Asian Tour back home. I know there are a lot of good players out there and the competition is strong. I think there are more opportunities in Asia. The competition is better and the prize purses are bigger as well. You get a lot of playing opportunities here. I played at home and I thought my game was improving. I wanted to go somewhere different to get my game going. I knew I had to come to Asia.
I have heard about good Asian players like Jeev Milkha Singh for example. I have always look up to these guys and hopefully I get to play with them if I can secure my Asian Tour card. I know there are a couple of co-sanctioned events with European Tour as well. Hopefully I can make it onto the European Tour through playing on the Asian Tour too.
I went to school in the United States and turned professional since September 2007. I played mainly on the PGA Tour of Latin America prior to coming here.
Gavin Green (Mas)
The game’s quite solid so far. I saw my coach in the United States during the break become coming back about five days ago. It’s been six months since I last saw my coach. We worked getting my shots more consistent and hitting more solid. I had a much-needed break as well and I’m back here, ready to go.
I will try to do my best out there and obviously top-40 is the goal for me this week. This is my first attempt at the Qualifying School but I will treat it like an Asian Tour event. I think it’s possible to get the job done. I just have to stick to my game plan.
There are a lot of good and experienced players out here. It’s not going to be easy but if I can play some good golf, I should have a good chance. I’m Asian and it’s good to get on the Asian Tour. The plan is also to play some Web.com Tour events this year as well. I will try to do well on both sides.
Winning on the ADT before does give me some confidence coming here but it’s pretty different now because I’ve turned professional since. The aim is to try and make my mark on the Asian Tour but first of all, I have to try and secure my card this week. Then, we can talk about winning after that.
It took a bit of getting used to since I joined the professional ranks. Everything is kind of on my own now and I think that’s the main difference from being an amateur. It’s not easy. There are a lot of spending, sacrifices, travelling, etc. Travelling from tournament to tournament is really not easy. Mentally, it’s draining as well. But I have learnt to pace myself through and not exert too much stress on myself.
That’s what I have been doing for the past couple of weeks. I got to Hua Hin three days ago and I’ve played both courses. The courses are looking good. You got to hit a lot of fairways and greens to play well here. That sounds like every other courses but I think if you can hit the greens here and putt decently, you should be able to score. I have got a good game plan and hopefully I can play good golf this week.
Paradorn Srichaphan (A) (THA)
Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand
This is my first time playing in the Asian Tour Qualifying School. I am very happy to get the opportunity to play here. I am very excited and I am looking forward to the week. I will just keep to my own routine. I have been playing on the local Tour before coming here. I think making the mark at the Qualifying School will a great step forward if I want to turn professional. It will be a good start for me.
Golf is really different from Tennis. It is more difficult on the mental side. You’re not always playing against other players. Sometimes you’re just trying to beat yourself. I used to miss Tennis when I first make the switch but now I don’t anymore. I am enjoying the game a lot. I will just treat this as another tournament. I will play my own game, keep to my routine and stay positive.
I love sports and I want to prolong my sporting career. That was why I decided to switch to golf two years ago. Everybody who plays golf falls in love with the game. It’s the same case for me. I have been putting in a lot of time and effort into my golf game for the past four to five years. There are a lot of golf courses in Thailand and the country is a good destination for golfers around the world.
I think golf is a game that you can really play for a long time. It’s very challenging. You can still win even when you’re over 40 years old. It’s really competitive out here but it helps to keep you going as you try to improve. There are a lot of good players in Thailand.
I live in Pattaya and there are a lot of golf courses over there. I try to practise at least nine holes every day and get a two-hour session at the range after that. I have been working with my coach Andrew Knott at the Singha Elite Golf Perfomance Centre. I am getting to know a lot of Thai players out here and they have been very helpful. Chawalit (Plaphol) is one my closest friend. I am still trying to learn everyday on the course.