Soe Shines With Ace

Thu 21 Feb 2013

Soe Shines With Ace

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Yangon, Myanmar, February 21: For local amateur player Soe Thein Naing, the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Alpine affords him with the opportunity to dream big.
The lanky player, who worked in a driving range by picking up golf balls before learning the game, produced the shot of the day when he sank a hole-in-one in the opening round of the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.
He rifled his seven iron on the par three third hole before his ball landed on the green and rolled 20-feet into the hole at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club.
The ace provided the impetus for the 25-year-old to finish the round on two-under-par 70, six shots from the clubhouse leader Chapchai Nirat of Thailand. The best player from Myanmar was Naing Soe Kyaw, who shot a 68 to lie in 22nd place.
Soe is harbouring hopes of representing his country in the South East Asian Games in December and is eager to gain the experience and fly his country’s flag high.
However, the pathway was not always rosy for Soe, who had to quit playing golf in 2002 to 2008 because of family issues.
“I come from a poor family so I didn’t have the chance to play much. I just hit some balls at the driving range which I was working at,” said Soe.
Golf is known to be one of the fastest growing sports in the country and support is flowing in through the Myanmar PGA and Asian Tour to boost the popularity.
Soe is one of the fine examples to break through the ranks and is highly tipped to lead the next generation of Myanmarese golfers on the Asian Tour.
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