Know your graduate: Poom Saksansin

Fri 06 Jun 2014

Know your graduate: Poom Saksansin

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June 6: The baby-faced Poom Saksansin of Thailand overcame the nerve-wracking Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage to earn a Tour card for the 2014 season. In this Q&A, the young and talented Thai tells us why he turned professional, what it means to earn an Asian Tour card and his goals for the season.
What made you want to play on the Asian Tour?
The Asian Tour is a big Tour I want to gain more experience by playing with some of the best players in Asia.
How do you feel now that you have secured the Asian Tour card for 2014?
I feel good and happy. I was very serious during the Qualifying School and it was quite stressful because I tried my best to avoid making bogeys.
When did you start playing golf and what sparked your interest?
I started at the age of 10. I like golf because the situation can change very fast. One shot can determine if you play a good or bad round.
What made you decide to turn professional?
I want to earn money through my own effort and not ask from my mother or father.
What would you be if you were not a professional golfer?
Maybe a dentist!
How long did it take you to reach single handicap?
About four years.
What are your goals in golf?
I want to win on the Asian Tour, play well and keep my card. I do not want to come for Qualifying School anymore!
What do you think will be the toughest part of being a rookie on the Asian Tour?
Keeping my Tour card!
When you’re not playing golf, what will you be doing?
I will play games on my phone and listen to songs.
How do you prepare before a round?
I’ll spend about 20 minutes at the driving range and another 20 minutes chipping and putting.
Who is your inspiration? Are there any mentors or role models whom you look up to and has been giving you valuable advice?
Chinnarat Phadungsil. We live in the same province and when I just started playing golf, he was already a superstar. He has helped me a lot as well.
What is your number one distraction on the golf course?
When I hit a bad shot and I see my ball disappear into the bushes or into the water.
How would you celebrate if you win a tournament?
I will have a big dinner with my family.
About Poom
Country : Thailand
Residence : Bangkok
Date of Birth : June 4, 1993
Family : Single
Turned Pro : 2014
OTHER WIN: (1) 2014 15th Singha Masters, Thailand.