Gunn-ing for glory

Wed 03 Jul 2013

Gunn-ing for glory

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July 3: His name sounds like a pistol and ironically, one of Gunn Charoenkul’s favourite past times is going to the shooting range.
“It is kind of like a family activity for us. We would go to the shooting range together. I took my first shot when I was seven. I was holding the pistol but he’s the one who pulls the trigger,” said the Thai.
“After that we would go every weekend to a little mountain near my house and we would shoot at bottles,” he said during an interview with the Asian Tour Golf Show.
Gunn made a name for himself on the Asian Tour in 2012 when he finished tied 32nd on the Order of Merit to earn a full Asian Tour card for the 2013 season.
Playing on a country exemption category, he made full use of his limited appearances last season by claiming three top-20 results at the Yeangder Tournament Players’ Championship in Chinese Taipei, Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open and the season-ending Iskandar Johor Open.
He is fully aware of the benefits of holding a full Asian Tour card but was caught off guard when he was given a new driver, which he immediately put to use in a tournament!
“I didn’t expect to get free equipment. They gave me a new driver and I practised for one day and tried using it which was stupid. It was perfect during the practice round but when you are using a new driver, it is like driving a new car. You need to get used to it. So I kind of screwed up in that tournament,” he lamented.
Gunn’s father is a huge influence in his career and even went to the extent of designing and building a three-hole golf course for Gunn to train on!
“My dad sees the game differently than everyone else. He decided to build a three-hole golf course for me back home. Everyone was against it but after a year he finished the first two holes and I would go and practice.
“I could really concentrate on my own game when I practised there and my game has been improving since then,” he said.
Gunn aims to win his first Asian Tour title in 2013 but his ultimate goal in life is to help others in need.
“I would want to play with the best players in the world but I think the highest goal in my life is to be able to help those that are in need. Those that didn’t receive the chance and opportunity that I had. I want to hand over those chances to them life how my dad gave to me,” he said.
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