Q-School What They Said – Round One

Wed 12 Feb 2014

Q-School What They Said – Round One

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February 12: Read what players have to say after round one of the Qualifying School presented by Sports Authority of Thailand.
Paul PETERSON (USA) – First Round 66 (-6)
I took advantage of the par fives. I made birdie on all the par fives. I hit it really solid from tee to green. I missed only one green so it was a stress free round. It was a pretty but fun golf out there!
Yes, this is my first time in Asia. I love Thailand, the people are amazing. I haven’t met a mean person yet! I’m having a lot of fun and it is nice to play some good golf.
I decided to come to the Asian Tour Qualifying School after making a lot of decisions with my coaches. I’ve heard good things about this Tour and the way it is run so I wanted to come over here and be a part of it.
I turned professional in March, 2012 and played on the Canadian Tour. I got to second stage of Qualifying School for the Web.com Tour but didn’t get through that. I’m 25 this year.
Martin ROMINGER (Sui) – First Round 66 (-5)
I actually started off poorly. I had a bogey on the first hole on the ninth. It was not a good start but luckily I did much better on the back nine where I scored a couple of birdies. The course is looking great here but it got kind of tough towards the end because the wind was picking up. I was lucky that I got an early tee time. I had many chances to score today. I’ve familiar with the course here and I’ve had decent successes on this course before. I remember shooting a 63 here a couple of years ago so I was pretty confident coming here this week. Hopefully I can continue to do well tomorrow.
Suppakorn UTHAIPAT (Tha) – First Round 67 (-4)
I’ve only played here two times and I’m happy with how I played today. It’s a very nice course here at Springfield and it is in a great condition. My short game was good today and I putted very well. It’s my second time playing in the Asian Tour Qualifying School but my first time as a professional golfer. I really hope to get my Asian Tour card this week so that I can bring my game up another level. I played with Kiradech (Aphibarnrat) a couple of weeks ago before he left for the United States and he encouraged me to come and play here. He’s one of those players whom I really look up to.
LEE Seong-ho (Kor) – First Round 67 (-4)
The course condition at Springfield is really good and I enjoyed myself here. I kind of struggled with my game last year and I lost my Japan Tour card. I thought I should come and try and get an Asian Tour card this time. It’s my first time playing in the Asian Tour Qualifying School. I love coming to this part of Asia for golf and I’ve heard many good things about the Asian Tour.
I came to Thailand two weeks ago but I’ve been practicing over at the other course so I am really happy to score well here today. My roommate for the week, Park Hyun-bin, has played on the Asian Tour before and he encouraged me to come and play here.
S. Chikkarangappa (Ind) – First Round 69 (-3)
Abel Tam of Malaysia Abel Tam of Malaysia
It was a good round. I started really well. I was three-under after five holes. I hit some good shots at the start of the round. However, I didn’t play very well on the back nine and hit a couple of bad shots because the wind was really blowing.
Both these golf course suits my eye because it is similar to my home course (Eagleton Golf Resort in Bangalore). The course is kind of open and you need to place the ball at the right place. I like the layout so I’m feeling very confident.
My goal is to go out there and play. I’ll be playing in the afternoon and it will be tough because of the wind. I just need to hole more putts. The key to a good score at Springfield is that you need to hit your tee shots on the fairway and you should be fine.
Before coming here, I had a chat with Anirban (Lahiri) and he had a lot of inputs. He said that this is my first Asian Tour Qualifying School and that I should just go out and play without any expectations.
HAMZA Amin (Pak) – First Round 69 (-3)
I hit a lot of greens but my putting kind of let me down. I’m a bit upset with the bogey I made on 18. It was not a good way to finish my round. I did not bogey any of the par fives on the back nine as well. It could have been a lot better but I’m happy with the start.
When it is windy, it will be very difficult to play out there. That’s why you need to get off to a fast start and stick to your game plan. Don’t try any shots that you are not capable of.
This is my third attempt but there are a lot of good players out here and you need to play well. You are playing against the course. If you have a decent putting week then you will have a chance to earn your card.
I decided to play under the Pakistan flag this year instead of Austria because it fits my character more. My traits are more Pakistani than Austrian.
I’m 26 this year.
YE Jian-feng (Chn) – First Round 69 (-2)
I played generally well today. I had many chances to score and I am happy to return with a 69 today. Hopefully I can do better tomorrow. It’s my fourth time participating in the Asian Tour Qualifying School and I have never made the cut before. I just want to focus on my game now and try to make the cut first.
Abel TAM (Mas) – First Round 71 (-1)
I missed a couple of putts but it is a good round. I started with a bit of nerves but I didn’t have any expectations. This is my first attempt at Qualifying School. I just told myself to go through the routine and the nerves will go away.
Prior to this, I played in a couple of Asian Tour events and this sort of experience is invaluable. You can win many amateur events but it doesn’t make any difference because you need to put yourself out there and do what these professionals are doing week in and week out.
It is good that I have the experience to play in a couple of Asian Tour events to familiarize myself with the surrounding of professional golf.
It will depend on how I finish this week (on turning professional). If I can get some sort of status on the Asian Tour then I will probably turn professional. If I don’t then I will wait a bit longer.