Rookies Ready for Fast Start

Sat 28 Jan 2012

Rookies Ready for Fast Start

Yangon, January 28: The new Asian Tour graduates are keen to announce their arrival on the big stage as they set their sights on winning the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan next week.

The graduates believe they are ready to take on the Asian Tour stars at the US$300,000 event after earning playing rights for 2012 at the Qualifying School Final Stage in Thailand last week.

Dodge Kemmer of the United States, highly rated Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand, Shakhawat Sohel, the second Bangladeshi to earn an Asian Tour card, Ron Harvey Jnr of Canada and James Byrne of Scotland, last year’s Walker Cup star, will feature in the popular event played from February 2 to 5.

They will be among a star-studded cast at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club who include title holder Tetsuji Hiratsuka of Japan, Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, Mo Joong-kyung of Korea and Australian Scott Hend, who are all winners on the Asian Tour.

Multiple Japan Tour winner Yuta Ikeda will also feature in Myanmar.

Arnond, who was born in Hawaii but grew up in Thailand before moving to Florida to play golf at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, is eager to make his debut at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan.

“I have a lot of friends over here and playing on the Asian Tour will be good for my career because there are a lot of good players on this Tour. There’s going to be pressure for me to perform but I’m going to focus on my game plan and if I can stick to it then I’ll be fine,” said the 23-year-old, who finished tied second in Qualifying School.

Byrne enjoyed a solid amateur career and is ready to take his game to greater heights on the Asian Tour. He is also relishing the opportunity of returning to his Asian roots.

“I have family in Asia and the Asian Tour is an expanding Tour. It is getting better all the time, it offers a lot of money and there are good players here,” said the 24-year-old.

“Yeah, I’m coming back to my roots. My mum is Singaporean. I’ve been in Singapore only four times and briefly in Japan. I haven’t really spent much time in Asia. It is definitely different for me. It’s not something I’m used to playing in a heat like this. The food is a lot different too. I don’t do any changes in my game but a couple of lifestyle changes,” he added.

The Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan returns on the Asian Tour after a one year lapse and will welcome players from over 20 countries.


About the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan

The Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan is a US$300,000 full field Asian Tour event which will be staged at the highly-rated Royal Mingalardon Golf & Country Club from February 2-5, 2012 and is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Myanmar Professional Golf Association. Myanmar’s national championship will return to the Asian Tour Schedule after a year’s lapse. It was inaugurated in 1996 and the list of champions includes illustrious names such as three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, countryman Boonchu Ruangkit, American Anthony Kang, South African James Kingston, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Keng-chi and Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka who won the event in 2010.

Sponsors include Zaykabar as the title sponsor, Air Bagan as the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include Sedona Hotel Yangon, 100Plus (isotonic drink), Srixon (official ball), Inetol (official headwear), and supplier sponsors Canon (office automation supplier).


About the Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Smartphone and Tablet) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.