Tough examination awaits Gavin & co

Gavin Green © Paul Lakatos|Asian Tour

Hua Hin [THAILAND]: Up-and-coming star 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 picked up his first win on the paid ranks in October when he triumphed in the domestic Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Danau Championship II but was disappointed when he missed the boat at the final stage of the European Tour Qualifying School.

Green, 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 the decorated former national amateur.

The other Malaysians in the field are Wilson Choo, Mohd Rizal Amin, M. Sasidaran, Irfan Yusoff, Jeremiah Kim Leun-kwang, Solomon Emilio Rosidin, Kenneth Tobuse, Lam Kong Loong, Keegan Kam, Lion Goh and national amateur Low Khai Jei.