2016 Rewind: Hend in a Hurry #QueensCup

Tue 13 Jun 2017

2016 Rewind: Hend in a Hurry #QueensCup

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Koh Samui, June 13: Here's a recap on how Scott Hend claimed his ninth Asian Tour title at the Queen's Cup  last season.
Aussie claims ninth win and secures Olympic berth
Scott Hend arrived in Koh Samui with a list of goals to achieve. The Aussie left the holiday isle with every box ticked which include a ninth Asian Tour trophy by his side and a prized ticket to Rio for the Olympic Games.
E-zineWith a second title of the season in the bag, Hend also cemented his stature as the most successful international golfer on the Asian Tour and taming the Santiburi Samui Country Club with a 15-under-par 269 total was a worthy achievement as it proved he could triumph on any given golf course.
“I lost a tournament in Wentworth, lost the tournament in Mauritius and had chances in China .... that’s four times and I didn’t win. Whether this was my golf course or not, I’ve been playing very good golf and trying to not get down on myself. It’s nice to win again,” said Hend, who overcame a two-shot final day deficit with a final round of four-under-par 67.
Bit-hitting Hend, one of the most widely travelled golfers, teed up in Santiburi Samui, nicknamed the Beast of Samui, despite his lack of success at the narrow and treacherous palm-tree lined course. He had not posted a top-10 there and his worst round was a forgetful 81.
However, with a tidy collection of eight victories in Asia since 2012 Hend was now an established champion where he has added finesse to his renowned powerful game. “This course doesn’t suit me at all. I just play total opposite golf than what I want to play,” said Hend, who is one of the longest drivers on Tour.
“My strength is my drives and it’s not something I can do around here. If I hit it good, I’ll make an easy birdie and if I don’t I’ll make an easy triple. It’s just about being patient.”
“I lost a tournament in Wentworth, lost the tournament in Mauritius and had chances in China .... that’s four times and I didn’t win. Whether this was my golf course or not, I’ve been playing very good golf and trying to not get down on myself. It’s nice to win again.” - Scott Hend

Hend simply took his time to reel in third round leader Prom Meesawat, who faded with a closing 72 to finish joint third with American Paul Peterson, Jeunghun Wang of Korea and Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert.
After turning in 35, the US-based Hend struck with birdies on 11 and 12 to draw level before shifting into fifth gear with a seven-foot birdie on 14 which Prom bogeyed. With a two-shot lead, the Aussie simply parred home to hoist the Queen’s Cup, becoming only the second non-Thai to win the tournament since it joined the Asian Tour Schedule in 2009.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
“I sort of put the bit between the teeth and got on 11 and hit driver up to near the green. I took the hole on as I thought I needed to make a move. Prom was ahead then and I chipped to four feet for birdie and on 12, I hit another great drive and hit it to six feet for another great birdie,” said Hend.
“Unfortunately for Prom, he made a mistake on the 14th hole which I made another birdie and that was a big swing. I saw I had a two-shot lead coming down the last hole and I didn’t want to do anything stupid or ridiculous.”
Stamping his ticket to the Olympic Games was important to Hend.
“I’m 43 this year, who knows how much longer (I can play) although I’m getting better with age. It’ll be nice to go the Olympics and be one of the first Australians to play in it since golf’s re-inclusion. It’s all these different things that you chalk up in your career and when you’re finished, you just sit back and say this is what I did,” said Hend, who earned US$54,000 for his latest triumph.
Young Thai Gunn Charaoenkul, 24, enjoyed his best finish on Tour by finishing runner-up after charging into contention with an outward 32. With injuries slowing down his career progress in recent times, Gunn was confident he can now move upwards. “Hopefully I can keep improving from here. I’ll keep working hard for sure,” said Gunn.
About the main sponsors
Bangkok Airways, with the Asia’s Boutique Airline slogan, and Sport Authority of Thailand (SAT) are the prime movers of the Queen’s Cup. Bangkok Airways is the first private airline established in Thailand since 1968, taking off daily with about a hundred flights per day from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Queen’s Cup celebrated its eighth consecutive edition, thanks also to the SAT, which is a state enterprise under the control of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports established to promote sports. Both sponsors have been involved with the Queen’s Cup since it debuted on the Asian Tour in 2009.
Fast Fact
Hend’s victory broke a stranglehold by local stars Thaworn Wiratchant and Prayad Marksaeng, who each won the Queen’s Cup twice from 2012 to 2015. The only other international golfer who has won the event is Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka.