Pavit gets helping hand from Prom at Q-school

Tue 11 Feb 2014

Pavit gets helping hand from Prom at Q-school

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Cha-am, Hua Hin, Thailand, February 11: Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert will have Asian Tour star Prom Meesawat on his bag when he tees off in the all-important Asian Tour Qualifying School presented by Sports Authority of Thailand which starts on Wednesday.
Asian Tour winner Prom offered to be Pavit’s mentor and caddy for the week to give the young Thai a huge boost in the Final Stage where he will need to finish inside the top-40 and ties to secure his Tour card for 2014.
A total of 238 players will tee it up in the Final Stage which will be played at Imperial Lakeview Golf Club and Springfield Royal Country Club in the first two rounds while Springfield Royal will host the final two days.
Pavit served notice of his talent when he claimed his maiden win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last month. He hopes to bring his game up another level by making the grade on the region’s premier Tour.
Pavit Tangkamolprasert with caddy/coach Prom Meesawat Pavit Tangkamolprasert with caddy/coach Prom Meesawat
“I thought Prom was joking when he offered to carry my bag! I’m really happy and thankful for his help. He is a player with a great mental game. His game plans and short games are incredible too. We play together all the time and he knows my game well. Hopefully I can do a good job this week and not disappoint him!” said an excited Pavit.
“I’ve been feeling confident with my game after winning on the ADT in Jakarta last month. I will try to keep to my style of play and tell myself to stay calm and focused during the game,” added the 24-year-old.
Prom, who has enjoyed a relatively good season on the 2013 Asian Tour season, is delighted to do his part and throw his support behind the young and upcoming players from his home country.
“Pavit and I are very good friends. We always practise together and we are like a family. He is one of the talented young players from Thailand. He has been playing well over the past few years but I think he needs to bring his game up to another level. The Asian Tour is a very good platform for him to step up his game,” said the 29-year-old Prom, who hails from Hua Hin.
Meanwhile Han Ren of China and S. Chikkarangappa of India, who are playing in the Qualifying School for the first time, will also be eyeing for coveted spots in the 2014 Asian Tour season.
Han Ren of China Han Ren of China
“I think there are many good opportunities out here on the Asian Tour. Hu Mu (played on the Asian Tour last year) told me he really likes it here. Players here are more competitive and demanding in terms of their developments in golf,” said the 25-year-old, who was the first Chinese-born athlete to play men's collegiate golf in the United States.
India’s young talent Chikkarangappa will aim to pass the Final Stage with flying colours after enjoying a solid debut in his local tour where he won one event and claimed 10 top-10 results.
“This is my first year so I don’t know what to expect. But having said that, my game is where I want it to be so I’m feeling comfortable. I just need to stick to my game plan and play my heart out. I’m feeling a bit nervous so I need to get rid of that,” said the 20-year-old Indian, who is only playing in his second year as a professional.
S. Chikkarangappa of India S. Chikkarangappa of India
“Anirban (Lahiri) has been a mentor to me. He told me to go out to Qualifying School and play well. Sujjan (Singh) is my roommate this week and he has given me some inputs as well. I’m feeling very comfortable so far,” added Chikkarangappa, who became India’s top reigning amateur golfer at the age of 16.
The top-40 finishers and ties at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage will earn their Tour cards for 2014.
All Qualifying School entrants will be eligible to compete on the burgeoning ADT, which has become a career pathway for professionals to hone their skills and gain experience before entering the premier Asian Tour.
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