Guan goes back to school after Mauritius escapde

Sat 09 May 2015

Guan goes back to school after Mauritius escapde

Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius, May 10: It’ll be back to his books when Chinese amateur prodigy Guan Tianlang returns home following an abbreviated appearance at the inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open this week.
The 16-year-old, who is the youngest players to make the cut in a Major championship, carded a commendable even par 71 at the Heritage Golf Club on Friday but an opening 77 in tough conditions saw him miss the halfway cut in the €1 million (approximately US$1.1 million) tournament tri-sanctioned by the Asian, European and Sunshine Tours.
“I enjoyed it, didn’t play well in the first round but played okay today (Friday). I’m not sure what’s next on our schedule, I’ll go back home. It’ll be back to school and my books. Not quite sure what the plan is but maybe go to the US in the summer but nothing is confirmed yet,” said the 10th-grader.
The youngster was hoping to play in all four rounds in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and three birdies early in his second round provided a glimmer of hope before his challenge went off the rails.
“I enjoyed the week. Probably didn’t have a good start. Played pretty good in the second round, got a good chance on the front nine but I still have to learn a lot. My game still needs to be improved,” he said.
The former Asian Amateur Champion made headlines two years ago by playing in all four rounds at the Masters Tournament at the age of 14 years old and his progress has been closely watched by observers in the game.
Guan, who is planning to go to college in the United States, reckons he still has plenty to learn.
“There’s been a lot of good times so far, definitely a couple of years ago at the Masters and a few PGA Tour events have been huge for me. Playing in this tournament is pretty special too as we’re in a great place,” he said.
“A lot of aspects of my game have developed and my body has also changed in the past couple of years, so I’m pretty confident now. I am trying to be more consistent,” added Guan, who works with Sean Foley when he is in the US.
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.

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