Getting a round with Mithun Perera

Fri 27 Sep 2013

Getting a round with Mithun Perera

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September 27: This week, asiantour.com speaks to Mithun Perera, son of the famous Sri Lankan golfer Nandasena and the first from his country to earn a full card on the Asian Tour. Find out more about his passion in golf and how he wish to be a football player if he was not playing golf for a living.
1.        What psyches you up especially when you’re in contention?
The excitement and anxiety to win especially when I’m in contention. I can be confident with my game but you need to be mentally strong to withstand the pressure and win the tournament.
2.        What goes through your mind each time you step onto the first tee?
I will tell myself to stay focused and concentrate on hitting a good tee shot.
3.        Have you ever been overwhelmed by an occasion?
Not really. I usually just focus on my game and not think about anything else. I try not to be distracted when I’m out on the course.
4.        What gives you an edge over your rivals on the course?
To me, everyone is equal on the course. Anybody can shoot a low round. We should not underestimate anybody. Everyone has a chance to win.
5.        How do you keep yourself in tip-top physical condition?
Keep smiling. I try to stay happy and positive always. That will make me feel better too.
6.        After a 65, would you go back to the range or take the rest of the day off?
I will probably take a rest.
7.        How about after a 78?
I will also take a rest because I would probably be worn out after the round.
8.        What motivates you to excel in the game?
To play well in my first full season on the Asian Tour this year. It will be great if I can win but I’ll just do my best. I had limited events to play in last year. Now that I’ve got my full card on the Asian Tour, I really hope to produce some great results.
9.        What do you dislike the most on the golf course?
Nothing!
10.    Describe your happiest moment on the golf course?
Everytime I sink my winning putt!
11.    How about the most embarrassing moment?
I don’t think I have any so far.
12.    Tell us one thing about you that not many people know?
I am a football player. Football is my favourite sport as well and I watch a lot of football.
13.    Can you recall your first ever full 18 holes and what did you shoot?
I started playing golf when I was two and a half years old. My first 18-hole was during a junior golf tournament where I shot a 118. I was 11 years old then.
14.    How would you describe yourself as a golfer?
Hardworking and cheerful.
15.    If you’re not a golfer, what would you be?
A football player.
16.    How long did it take you to get to single handicap?
I took about 14 months to get to a single handicap.
17.    Would you prefer to play on a 7,700 yard golf course or a shorter but penal golf course, why?
I would prefer to play on the shorter course because I am a short hitter.
18.    What is your ultimate goal in golf?
Like everyone else, I hope to win a Major.
About PERERA
Country:                      Sri Lanka
Date of Birth:              December 26, 1986
Residence:                   Colombo
Family:                          Single
Turned Pro:                 2011
PROFESSIONAL WINS: (3) 2012 TATA Open, India, 2012 Standard Chartered Open, Sri Lanka, 2011 Haryana Open, India.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Mithun sensationally finished inside the top-61 of the 2012 Order of Merit to earn a full Asian Tour card for 2013. Due to his country exemption category, the stocky Sri Lankan played in only eight Asian Tour events but it was enough to secure his place among Asia’s leading lights. He came agonizingly close to a sensational victory at the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic but settled for second place, finishing one shot behind eventual winner Scott Hend of Australia. Prior to that he placed 15th at the Panasonic Open India.
PERSONAL: Perera is the son to Nandasena, a famous name on the old Asian circuit during the 1980s and 1990s.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.comwww.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.