Colomo Feels the Love

Sat 23 Jun 2012

Colomo Feels the Love

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Jecheon, Korea, June 23: Asian Tour rookie Javi Colomo of Spain has to look no further than his wife for motivation as he attempts to win his maiden title at the inaugural Volvik Hildesheim Open J Golf Series.
The Spaniard posted a three-under-par 69 to share the third round lead with five players that included 13-time Asian Tour winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand and Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva at the Hildesheim Country Club on Saturday.
Overnight leader Mo Joong-kyung of Korea is a single shot back of the leaders after he signed for a 73 to take a share of seventh place alongside Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul and Thanyakon Khrongpha as well as compatriots Ma Soo-kil, Byun Jin-jae and Kim Dae-hyun at the US$300,000 event that is jointly sanctioned with the Korean Golf Tour.
Colomo, who has his wife on his bag this week, is looking forward to a grandstand finish on Sunday as he wants to reward her with a trip to New York City where they had their honeymoon.
“My wife, Cristina has been great all week. This is a physically demanding golf course and she has never complained. She has been a great source of comfort and inspiration and the only thing I need to do is to win it for us tomorrow,” said Colomo.
“If I win, I’ll book a flight to New York City. We had our honeymoon there and it’ll add to the many happy memories that we already share,” added the 28-year-old.
The rookie, who earned his Tour card by finishing tied-ninth at the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January, is confident that he can make it a week to remember despite a round that fell short of his standards.
“Today was not really one of my best days on the course. I was not playing very well from tee to green but I managed to save lots of par,” said Colomo who mixed his card with four birdies and one bogey.
“However, I’m in a nice position for tomorrow and I’m confident that the winning score will come,” added Colomo.
The closest Da Silva came to his maiden victory on the Asian Tour was in 2010 when he bowed out after the second play-off hole at the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic in Singapore.
The 40-year old Brazilian, who has won multiple times on the Sunshine Tour, believes that he can also start winning on the region’s elite circuit.
“It will mean a lot to me if I win my first Asian Tour title tomorrow. I’ve been working really hard these past few years and I hope that they’ll pay off,” said Da Silva.
“The course is in very conditions and it’s a perfect day for scoring. Hopefully, I can put in some really low numbers tomorrow,” added the Brazilian.
After rounds of 69 and 71, Thaworn stepped up a gear to post his week’s best score of 68.
Starting the day four shots back of the lead, the Thai veteran showed why he is one of Asia’s best when he mixed five birdies against one bogey to move atop the leaderboard.
The 45-year-old, who emerged victorious at the Queen’s Cup last week, believes that he has carried that good form over to the Volvik Hildesheim Open.
“I did not come here with much expectation but I know that I’m in good form and playing some of my best golf. The rest will take care of it by itself,” said Thaworn,
“The Koreans will have a slight advantage as they know this course better than us. However, I believe I have the experience in terms of the mental edge,” added the Thai.
While Thaworn is buoyed with confident on his title assault, he is keeping his final day strategy very close to his chest.
“My strategy for tomorrow is top secret and I’m not going to let anyone know what I plan to do in case they copy and make me lose,” laughed Thaworn.
The Volvik Hildesheim Open is jointly sanctioned with the Korean Golf Tour and is the 12th leg of the 2012 Asian Tour Schedule and also the third event to be staged in Korea this season.
Volvik, the leading manufacturer of colour golf balls produced in Korea, is title sponsoring the tournament as an expansion to an earlier commitment to support professional golf at the highest level in Asia.
This is also the first time a golf ball manufacturer is title sponsoring a tournament on the Asian Tour.
Leading scores after round 3 of the Volvik Hildesheim Open 2012 being played at the par 72, 7188 Yards Hildeshiem cC course (a- denotes amateur):
208 - Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 69-72-67, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 69-71-68, PARK Jun-won (KOR) 69-71-68, LEE In-woo (KOR) 71-68-69, Javi COLOMO (ESP) 69-70-69, PARK Boo-won (KOR) 69-69-70.
209 - MA Soo-kil (KOR) 66-75-68, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 70-71-68, BYUN Jin-jae (KOR) 69-71-69, Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA) 68-70-71, MO Joong-kyung (KOR) 68-68-73, KIM Dae-hyun (KOR) 67-70-72.
210 - BAE Sung-chul (KOR) 70-72-68, Wade ORMSBY (AUS) 72-71-67, KIM Seong-yong (KOR) 68-73-69, LEE Sang-hee (KOR) 66-73-71.
Selected scores
213 - Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 71-71-71, Scott HEND (AUS) 68-73-72
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About Volvik
Volvik began the research and development of golf ball technology in Korea more than three decades ago and has earned status as one of the leaders in performance golf ball manufacturing. Having a focus on quality and innovation in its unique golf ball styling, Volvik has produced more than 1 million golf balls every year and continues to expand all over the world. The company is dedicated to the production of specialized 3 and 4 piece multi-layer solid golf balls that feature patented dimple technology for optimal performance that satisfies the needs of golfers at every skill level. In just over 30 years of golf ball production, Volvik has developed a reputation based on perfect quality control and innovative development, quickly becoming one of the most significant and trusted golf ball manufacturers in the world. In addition to its partnership with LPGA, Volvik sponsor many events from Girls Golf, Front Row Experience, and LPGA's future's tour, Symetra Tour. Also Volvik has marketing deals with thirteen LPGA tour players - Jin Young Pak, Meena Lee, Jeong Jang (JJ), Jee Young Lee, Allison Duncan, Chella Choi, KyeongBae, Laura Diaz, Christine Song, Ilhee Lee, Min SeoKwak, MiHyang Lee, YooKyeong Kim and Birdie Kim.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia.  This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.