#ATQS-Rd 2 What They Said

Thu 14 Jan 2016

#ATQS-Rd 2 What They Said

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Hua Hin, Thailand, January 14: Read what players have to say following the second round of the Asian Tour Qualifying School on Thursday.
Kevin McLister (Usa) – Second Round 66 (-5), Total 131 (-12)
Keven McLister of the USA Keven McLister of the USA
I just felt very comfortable out there. I wanted to focus on holes two, three and seven this week. I know I really need to grind it out on those holes. I got off to a great start because I birdied two and three before going on to birdie five. That was a boost for me. I am still trying to feed off my good form since last week.
I made a tough bogey on sixth after missing a six-footer for par. I hit a 195 yards with a six-iron onto the green on 12 but missed a 30-footer for eagle. I was kind of cruising by then. I dropped a shot on 14 after hitting it into the bunker but that’s ok. I had a great finish with two closing birdies on 17 and 18.
I’m hitting the ball great, especially off the tee. I felt very comfortable with my putter as well. I guess these two were the key for me these two weeks. It was windy. It was always windy. You expect it. Some holes were really tough because you’re hitting into the wind. The course is playing a lot longer than it usually do.
I had a close to perfect condition playing in the morning at Imperial Lakeview. It was really the best conditions out there today. It was more of a grinding round. I am very happy with how I have been playing. I have high expectations for myself this week. I won my first professional event on the eGolf Tour last July. I am still taking everything I can from that win. And trying to build up from the things that I have been doing now. I had a good season back home so I thought I should out here and try out again.
I think there are great opportunities here in Asia, especially with the world golf ranking points on offer. It is also a gateway to the European Tour with the co-sanctioned tournaments in place. I thought I needed to get started somewhere and the Asian Tour is a good place to start.
This is my second time playing in the Asian Tour Qualifying School. I failed terribly last year. I am very glad with where I stand right now. I only know a couple of guys who comes out here to play in Asia. I wonder why so few of them take up this great opportunity. I hope I can play well and make a living out of it here in Asia.
There is great competition here on the Asian Tour. I checked the scores all the time. My friend Paul Peterson plays on the Tour as well. We train together at the Raspberry Golf Academy at Leesberg, Virginia.
S.Chikkarangappa of India S.Chikkarangappa of India
Chikkarangappa S. (Ind) – Second Round 64 (-7), Total  132 (-11)
I hit the ball solid. I had a superb start with an eagle-birdie on second and third. I hit a good drive with a four-iron to about 12 feet from the pin and putted in for eagle on second. I was riding on my good form out there. I sank a long putt from 15 feet on nine.
I hit the ball close today then how I did yesterday. I was able to get more greens in regulation today but my wedge-play was not as good.
I put myself in the same position as how I did last year. I just want to play the same for the next two rounds and try to build on my good form. I am feeling confident and comfortable with my game so looking forward to the next two rounds.
Yikeun Chang (Kor) – Second Round 70 (-1), Total 133 (-9)
My game is pretty much the same today actually, just that my putting was not as good as yesterday. I was just trying to stay consistent out there. The greens were slower at Imperial Lakeview but I tried to stay patient. I am happy that I am still in a good position heading into the next two rounds. Heading back to play at Springfield Royal the next two days gave me some confidence, having played well on that course on the first day. I look forward to the next two rounds.
Sebastian Heisele of Germany Sebastian Heisele of Germany
Sebastian Heisele (Ger) – Second Round 67 (-4), Total 135 (-7)
I have played pretty consistently. I just keep trying to hit fairways and greens. I managed to keep the ball in play and avoided making mistakes and getting into trouble out there. I gave myself a lot of opportunities to score.
I got off to a great start with an eagle on par-five second at Imperial Lake. I sank a 12-footer for eagle after hitting from 190 yards out. We still have two more days to go. Hopefully I can continue to play well and secure my card for this season. I am 27 this year and I have played on the Challenge Tour in Europe previously. I came to Asia because I think there are a lot of opportunities out here.
George Gandranata (Ina) – Second Round 66 (-5), Total 138 (-4)
I have been hitting the ball really well these two days. I just putted badly yesterday at Imperial Lakeview. I had like 36 putts and 16 greens. But today, I managed to hole some putts and that was the key to my good round. I had about 29 putts. I managed to hit it a lot closer than yesterday.
The greens here at Springfield Royal are faster and I prefer faster greens. I wasn’t really able to adjust to the slower greens yesterday. I guess that was the main difference. I was fortunate because it wasn’t that windy this morning and I was able to take advantage of it.
I think I still have a long way to go to secure my Asian Tour card. I still need to work harder. I can’t have another round like yesterday where I had 17 pars and only one bogey. I think I need to get more aggressive and make more birdies in the next two days. The better position you’re in, the better it is obviously but top-40 is still the main goal.
I didn’t have a good season last year. It was a down year after enjoying my best season two years ago. I guess I was just expecting too much. I was trying to force things a little bit and try to be better. I made some changes here and there but I thought if I don’t change, I won’t get better. That efforts didn’t pay off but I’m starting to see the changes towards the end of last season as I managed to make a few cuts.
I was in Bangkok for a few days before coming here. I got my practice and I went to look for the putting coach Pompetch Sarabuddi of Thailand. He checked on my putting routine and I’m beginning to feel comfortable about with his advices after my round today. I was still trying to adjust yesterday.