Malaysia’s Gavin Green believes a top-40 result at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand will jump start his career.
The big-hitting 22-year-old, who created headlines when he became the first amateur to win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in 2014, is aiming for a successful debut at the Qualifying School, which starts on Wednesday.
“The game’s quite solid. I saw my coach, Chris O’Connell, in the United States recently and we worked on a few stuff like getting my shots more consistent and hitting it more solid. It’s been six months since I last saw him. I had a much-needed break as well and I am glad to be back here, all ready to go,” said Green.
Green, who joined the professional ranks last June, admitted it took him some time to get used to the transition from being an amateur to a professional. He, alongside 244 other players, will aim for successful outings at Qualifying School, where the top-40 and ties earn an Asian Tour card for the 2016 season.
“There are a lot of good players out here. It’s not going to be easy but if I can play some good golf, I should have a good chance. Winning on the ADT before does give me some confidence but it’s pretty different now as I’ve turned professional since. It took a bit of getting used to but I have learnt to pace myself through and not exert too much stress on myself,” added Green.
Retired professional tennis player and golf amateur Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand will also attempt to make the grade at the Qualifying School.
“This is my first time playing in the Asian Tour Qualifying School. I am very happy to get the opportunity to play here. I think making the mark at the Qualifying School will a great step forward if I want to turn professional. It will be a good start for me,” said Paradorn.
Paradorn, nicknamed ‘Ball’, was the first men’s singles player from Asia to be ranked inside top-10 of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) rankings, where he reached a career high world number nine. He hopes to enjoy the same success on the golf course this week.
“Golf is really different from tennis. It is more difficult on the mental side. You’re not always playing against other players. Sometimes you’re just trying to beat yourself. I will just treat this as another tournament. I will play my own game, keep to my routine and stay positive,” added Paradorn, who resides in Pattaya.