Kokocinski comes of age on Tour

Mon 14 May 2018

Kokocinski comes of age on Tour

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Sentosa, Singapore, May 14: Players from the Asian Development Tour (ADT), led by Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski showed they can step up onto the bigger stage when opportunity knocks. 

Kokocinski’s battling spirit was for all to see when he overcame a three-shot deficit to clinch his maiden Asian Tour victory at the AB Bank Bangladesh Open last Saturday. 

And it was a cherished victory that spoke volumes of his determination to excel on the biggest stage of his career so far.

“This win means a lot to me. I don’t have a status on the Asian Tour before this week so I am really pleased with how I played here to win. I went back to the Qualifying School earlier this year but didn’t make the grade so I went to play on the ADT,” said the Swede.

Although he hails from Sweden, Kokocinski, whose parents are from Poland, has decided to call Asia home with Thailand his preferred abode since 2013.

The Swede failed to make the grade at the Asian Tour Qualifying School then but decided to embark on the arduous route to success which finally paid off with his win in Dhaka.

Prior to his victory, Kokocinski was an ADT regular where he showed great form by posting three runner-up results, including a second place finish and tied third place result at two ADT events staged at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Bangladesh earlier this year.

“I have had some good results on the ADT so I decided to stay in Asia and see what the year has to offer. My experiences from playing on the ADT has helped a lot. I have been in these situations before so I knew I had to focus on my shots to get the job done. I’m glad I pull in off this time,” said Kokocinski, who leads the ADT Order of Merit.

With his breakthrough on the Asian Tour, Kokocinski propelled to 36th place on the Habitat for Humanity Standings and also the seventh player after American Berry Henson, Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei, Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert and Poom Saksansin, as well as Malaysian duo Gavin Green and Nicholas Fung, to win on the Asian Tour after enjoying successes on the ADT.

Like Kokocinski who was making his first start on the Asian Tour, England’s Jack Harrison also savoured a memorable week in Bangladesh despite having to settle for tied-second place after taking the third round lead.

Harrison’s made his entry into the Habitat for Humanity standings in 59th place after earning US$25,950.

“I can’t complain with a tied-second place finish in my first start on the Asian Tour. A little bit disappointed for not getting the win but there is always a winner and a loser. Overall, it was a great week and I am very happy,” said the Englishman.

India’s Shubhankar Sharma continues to lead the Habitat for Humanity Standings with England’s Matt Wallace and Rahil Gangjee in second and third place respectively as the Asian Tour heads back to China for the Asia Pacific Classic this week.

Top-20 players on the Habitat for Humanity Standings

Pos      Player Order of Merit (US$)

1            Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) $589,575.00

2            Matt WALLACE (ENG) $446,660.00

3            Rahil GANGJEE (IND) $283,018.87

4            Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) $265,573.14

5            Sihwan KIM (USA) $226,710.14

6            Paul PETERSON (USA) $215,758.57

7            Sanghyun PARK (KOR) $187,124.00

8            Daniel NISBET (AUS) $150,863.64

9            Scott VINCENT (ZIM) $145,208.76

10          Berry HENSON (USA) $140,613.57

11          Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) $131,214.35

12          Hideto TANIHARA (JPN) $123,306.08

13          Shaun NORRIS (RSA) $118,284.91

14          Khalin JOSHI (IND) $111,140.00

15          Yikeun CHANG (KOR) $110,826.17

16          Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) $108,596.69

17          Terry PILKADARIS (AUS) $105,907.84

18          Prom MEESAWAT (THA) $100,469.67

19          Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) $99,480.65

20          Jeunghun WANG (KOR) $91,100.00

Ends.