Back 9 with Arnond Vongvanij

Fri 03 May 2013

Back 9 with Arnond Vongvanij

  • SHARE
May 3: Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand made a superb breakthrough on the Asian Tour when he won the King’s Cup on home soil last year. In this latest segment of Back 9, he shares his thoughts on what he would be if he is not playing golf professionally and his oldest golf club in the bag.
1) What is the one tournament that you want to win in Asia and around the world?
I want to win the Thailand Golf Championship because it is in my home country and the field is very strong. I would also like to win the US Open or the Masters Tournament because they both have its uniqueness.
2) If there is one rule of golf that you change, what would it be?
To be able to fix spike marks. That would make it fair for the players playing in the afternoon.
3) How would you describe yourself as a golfer?
I’m consistent and fairly calm on the course. I try to maintain a level head through a round and not to be too crazy happy when I play well and upset when I don’t.
4) Which golf course do you really want to play on?
The Augusta National Golf Club.
5) What would you do if there’s no internet or television in your hotel room during the tournament week?
Sleep or watch a movie on my laptop.
6) What is your best advice received as a professional golfer?
The stay in the moment and focus on what’s in front of you.
7) When you win a golf tournament, who do you want to see when you sink that winning putt?
My mum and dad.
8) What is the oldest golf club in the bag?
My putter which I have with me for nine years.
9) If you are not a professional golfer, what would you be?
I would love to be a fighter jet pilot!
About Arnond                                              
Country:                       Thailand
Date Of Birth:              December 15, 1988
Residence:                   Bangkok
Family:                         Single
Turned Pro:                 2011
ASIAN TOUR VICTORY: (1) 2012 King’s Cup, Thailand.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Arnond enjoyed a great rookie season in 2012, first earning his card through Qualifying School and then finishing the year strongly with a maiden victory at the King’s Cup where he outplayed Mardan Mamat and Thaworn Wiratchant. Enjoyed four other-top-10s. He was born in Hawaii but grew up in Thailand. He moved to Florida at the age of 12 to refine his game at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Graduated from the University of Florida with a finance degree. Rates Thongchai Jaidee as his role model.
PERSONAL: He is nicknamed “Bank” because he was born the night after his mother took her final examinations for her Masters degree in financial banking.