Solaire Open: What they said

Thu 11 Apr 2013

Solaire Open: What they said

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Dodge Kemmer (Usa) – First Round 66 (-6)
Obviously I played well. The shots I did miss, I was able to recover from, which was due to luck. I hit a couple of drivers which I missed left but I ended up making birdies on those holes. That was a gift.
There were a couple of putts on the back which could have made this a perfect round but I missed those. Overall, I’m very pleased how my round turned out today.
I really like this course and I played here last year. I wasn’t able to score but I had one good round going last year so I knew it was possible to shoot a low score. I really like the course so it is always easier to go out and play a good round when you are happy and excited to play the course. I knew I had it in me and luckily it worked out for me.
I’m loving the Asian Tour more than I did last year, which was already a lot! I’m happy to be playing here and hope I can to play in many events as possible.
In the first year, you get used to everything. It is totally different from anything in America which I’m used to but I feel a lot more comfortable out here now. It is a better experience than last year.
I haven’t been playing that well in tournaments. I feel like my scores don’t reflect how well I’m playing, which has gotten frustrating. Hopefully I can start to play more in events like how I play at the driving range or during practice rounds.
Usually things sneak into my swing which I don’t see coming. By the time I figure it out, I will be on the 17 or 18th holes or at the range. A lot of it is mental. I get down on myself pretty easily. I’m trying to stay more level emotionally and that’s easy to do when you are playing well. It will be interesting to see if I can handle my emotions when I hit some adversity this week.
I haven’t see anybody about my mental side of my game but I’ve done some reading and talking with friends and family. I’ve been trying to work it out myself. I’ve been reading a few golf books and general psychology books. Nothing in particular. I don’t know if it has helped yet but the books have given me a lot of ideas and shown me how everything works at a baseline level. Now I have to find out how to translate that into something that I can use.
Pawin Ingkhapradit (Tha) – First round 68 (-4)
Pawin Ingkhapradit of Thailand Pawin Ingkhapradit of Thailand
The greens here are the same like my home course in Thailand, the Army Golf Club, which is also the home course for Thaworn Wiratchant. I’m very lucky today. I hit many fairways and did not miss any greens.
I didn’t have any long putts but all my birdie putts were from inside 10 feet. There was very little wind in the morning so that was good. I played here last year but I shot an 84 and 78 in the opening two rounds. Today I shot a 68 which shows how much I’ve improved as a golfer.
Lin Wen-tang (Tpe) – First round 69 (-3)
This week I changed to a new putter. My brother (Lin Wen-hong) went to the United States and he tested some new putters and told me to change to this new PING putter. I’m using it this week and shot a three-under. It is feeling really good.
I putted very badly last year. I averaged about 30 putts a round and you can’t win tournaments if you putt like that. I hit about 75% of fairways and greens last season but only my putting let me down.
Wack Wack is not a long course but the fairways are very small. I missed a few fairways but I still managed to return with my score which I’m really happy about.
Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea
Baek Seuk-hyun (Kor) - First round 70 (-2)
I’ve played some bad shots here today. It’s really hard to play on this course. Sometimes there’s wind and sometime there is no wind. I played about five to six bad shots but had some ups and downs to save the game and I also had some chances to make birdies.
To play well on this course, you really got to use your brain. It’s a really good course for you to score but you have to be calm and make your own game plans while you’re out there.
The particular hole that stood out today was the 8th hole. I actually hit a bad shot and it got a little tough there but luckily the ball kept to the right and got into the hole. I was lucky to have the chance to make a birdie there even though I hit a bad shot. Overall, I’m really happy with my score today. The 8th hole is going to be very important this week. You can easily get five there if you miss one shot.
I took a week off last week to practise for this week’s event. I lost my passport on Sunday but managed to get it back on Monday. I had accidently dropped my passport in my friend’s car when we were practising together. I didn’t know that until my friend called me on Monday to say that my passport’s with him. I was lucky to still get on a flight here. I guess these are just some of the situations you get.