Guan aims for strong showing #AfrAsiaOpen

Tue 05 May 2015

Guan aims for strong showing #AfrAsiaOpen

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Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius, May 5: China’s teenage prodigy Guan Tianlang is in no hurry to turn professional, preferring to take the American collegiate route in his bid to fulfill his potential in the game.
The 16-year-old Guan, the youngest player to make the halfway cut at the Masters Tournament two years ago, will tee up at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open starting on Thursday where his credentials as a rising star will be put to test at the magnificent Heritage Golf Club.
This week’s €1 million (approximately US$1.1 million) showpiece is the first event to be tri-sanctioned by the Asian, European and Sunshine Tours, which Guan hopes will benefit his game as he continues to soak in the experiences of competing around the world.
“I just want to enjoy the week, play some good golf and get a good result,” said Guan, who is here at the world famous holiday isle with his parents.
“It’s a nice golf course, a bit soft now because of the rain but overall, it’s a great course which seems pretty fair. I received the invitation to play in this event and it fitted my schedule. I’m really excited to be here. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Mauritius ... the beach, the sea and we’re enjoying it so far.
“I feel I’m playing good enough to make the halfway cut here. I’ve got to play really good to have a chance of being in contention.”
The young Chinese featured in two European Tour-sanctioned events on home soil last month, missing the cut in both but Guan believes competing in professional tournaments will help him become a top golfer.
“I think overall, my game has improved. My body has gotten stronger and I’m hitting the ball further. My putting has been pretty consistent although all round, I still need to get better,” he said.
“I’m in 10th grade now and I’ve got two more years in middle school before I go to college in 2017, ideally in America. I’m looking at colleges. There’s no hurry for me to turn professional as I’ve got a long way to go and I want to go to college to get more experience and get myself ready.  I’ll be looking for a good college with a good golf team.”
The slender Chinese made the world sit up and take notice of his prodigious talent when he became the youngest golfer at the age of 14 years and five months to make the halfway cut in a Major championship at the Masters Tournament in 2013. Then, he enjoyed practice rounds with Tiger Woods and Ben Crenshaw, who both spoke highly of Guan.
He had earned his place at Augusta National following his victory at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand in the previous year.
Guan has competed occasionally against the professionals, making the halfway cut at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship in January and also finished tied 29th at the Thailand Golf Championship on the Asian Tour last December.
Sponsors for the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open include the AfrAsia Bank, Rogers, Heritage Resorts, Heritage Golf Club, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Air Mauritius, Anahita, Villas Valriche, and Jaguar.
Note to Editors

  • The tournament will be played at the Heritage Golf Cub on Domaine de Bel Ombre, voted one of the Top 10 golf courses in Africa, according to global news broadcaster CNN. The course was designed by Peter Matkovich, who has also presided over the construction of 20 top-ranked golf courses on the continent, such as Arabella Golf Club in South Africa, and Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club in Zimbabwe.

  • This 27-hole facility which includes an 18-hole par-72 championship layout and a nine hole short course, is not only set in the middle of stunning natural scenery and dotted with small lakes and streams, but also possesses exceptional infrastructure and services.


For more information on the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open:
http://afrasiabankmauritiusopen.com/
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