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300_yard_drives Journey in Asia


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#1 300_yard_drives

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 07:18 AM

I have had multiple requests to talk about my golf explorations, but I haven't really had that many experiences other than a couple web.com events I have played in and small local tournaments. But now I have some stuff to share. The thing I love about golfwrx is the community. You have so many different types of people from around the world with one common interest/passion/hobby, and that's golf. I love golf. I can never have too much nor have I ever felt too burnt out from golf, but I am about to put that to the test this year. In October I signed up for Asian Tour qualifying in Thailand. I had never been to Thailand, but i knew my game was strong and i wanted somewhere to play for 2016. I had about $4000 saved up in my bank account and the entry was only $2000. Sweet! I thought, I could somehow manage. I spent another $500 on my one way airfare to Thailand and started preparing extra hard for my upcoming qualifying this January. Now if I said everything I encountered between signing up and leaving to Thailand was usual I would be lying. I had the most tragic day of my life between then. On December 2nd I was caddying and the starter from the golf course came rushing out to me to escort me off the course on the 7th tee. It was a members winter tournament and it was very strange why this happened. Shortly after I went into his cart he picked me up in, he informed me that my now fiancée had called the course to inform him that my mother had been shot. Yes, my mother was a victim of the terrorist shooting in San Bernardino. That rocked my world. I was devastated. At that time I had no idea whether she was dead or alive and all I could do while frantically rushing to San Bernardino was Google search the shooting. I was reading about how there were many people dead and my heart sank. I thought my mom had died. She was shot twice in the pelvis shattering it into hundreds of pieces. Luckily she somehow survived and she is improving every day. Needless to say I did not have the most productive month before my qualifying to prepare. My mind was jumbled. I could not focus on the course or practice tee. I was a complete mess. Part of me wanted to back out from qualifying tournament, but I didn't.  I spent many days helping my parents doing whatever they needed before my journey to Asia. I left on December 30th to Hua Hin, Thailand. I had two stages of qualifying to endure if I wanted to earn my Asian tour membership. Something I was determined to get. I started out the first stage of qualifying with a smooth -3 68. I was sitting in good position, but stumbled a bit my second round shooting a +4 75. I was very upset. I did not want to come all this way to be bounced out on the first stage.  I continued to hit the ball horrifically for the last two days of 1st stage but I chipped and putted out of my mind. I was in the zone around the greens and nothing was going to stop me from advancing. Not even poor ball striking. I finished the first stage with a -1 70 then E 71. I finished only 4 strokes back of the leaders, but also just 3 strokes ahead of the 1st stage cut to final stage. Final stage was where the big boys belonged. I had made it but I still wasn't finished. There were 240 players at final stage, many of whom have played many years on the Asian Tour. You had to finish in the top 40 and ties to get your card for the 2016 season. I started the tournament off hitting the ball exceptional. I didn't putt as well as 1st stage but I shot a smooth -2 69 the first round. That was the start I wanted. Get it in the 60s and stay under par. I unfortunately didn't hit the ball as well the next two days but I managed to shoot -1 70 the second round and E 71 the 3rd round. I was sitting at -3 and tied for 27th place. I was in a good position but it was very tight place. Only one stroke ahead of the top 40 I knew I had to have a respectable final round to secure my card. I started today off quite poorly. I was 2 over thru 9 holes and sitting outside the top 40 with 9 holes to go, but that didn't faze me one bit. I didn't feel any pressure at that point. I just told myself to play golf. I went out that back 9 and hit every green and shot 3 under with my sole bogey being a 3 putt from 60ft. I shot a final round -1 70 to finish -4 total. 1 shot clear of the number necessary to finish in the top 40. My fluid motion factor training had paid off. I was clutch and it felt effortless. I earned my 2016 Asian tour card. I was in tears. After everything I had been thru the last month and a half I did what I had set out to do. I felt so proud of myself. Along with the Asian tour I can also play the Asian Developmental Tour (ADT) to fill out my schedule while I am here. I have 3 ADT events coming up back to back to back and then I am off to Bangladesh to play in my first Asian tour event in February. I am going to keep posting on this thread to talk about my travels and adventures I come across this next month. Please don't be scared to ask any questions or give support (or hate...I love that me against the world mindset). I love golfwrx and I thought it would be awesome to share my journey with you.

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I have thee more tournaments for now until I head back to California for a bit. My Asian tour season doesn't get busy until the fall.
I am playing an ADT event Jan 27th-30th in Kuala Lumpur, then another ADT event Feb 3rd-6th in Kuala Lumpur, then finally I am off to Dhaka, Bangladesh to play in my first Asian tour event Feb 10-13th. I am just over halfway through my 6 week excursion. Thanks for all the wishes for myself and my family. Love you guys!

Edited by 300_yard_drives, 25 January 2016 - 02:24 AM.


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 07:23 AM

Great stuff and thanks for sharing.   Many well wishes to you and your mom, keep up the great play!!
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 07:50 AM

Sorry to hear about your Mum. Thats crazy..........

As is getting your Asian Tour card. Incredibly well done on that.

Looking forward to reading about your exploits, antics and adventures !
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 08:00 AM

I wish your mom a quick recovery!

If i get a chance to watch an Asian Tour event in Thailand live, now i have another guy to root for (quite a drive from Bangkok to the events tho).  I have played the courses they used for AT Q-School, and those are tricky iirc.
And a late welcome to Thailand, the country is a little rough around the edges, but we managed to produce guys like Prayad, Thongchai and Kiradech who can contend anywhere.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 08:16 AM

Good stuff, well done! I look forward to hearing some stories about your travels (and travails) on the Asian Tour.

And I hope your mother makes a full recovery. That must have been a terrifying ordeal to go through, for both of you in fact.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 08:30 AM

Just horrific about your mom - no one should ever have to endure what she's gone/going through. All the best on her recovery.

In the meantime, I'm sure she'd be proud of the fortitude! You're living the dream man - keep us posted!
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 08:33 AM

Great stuff!

Good luck to your mom and yourself, you've proven to de very resilient!

Please take advantage of sampling plenty of the food in Asia! It might grow some chest hair though.........LOL

Keep us informed and keep up the good stuff.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 08:36 AM

Wow that's a roller coaster of events! I wish the best for you and your family!

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 08:40 AM

I look forward to reading any positive or fun news you might share with us.  Especially about your mom's recovery.
But you can share the golf stuff too.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 08:42 AM

(((((((( positive vibrations ))))))))

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 09:20 AM

 Sira, on 16 January 2016 - 08:00 AM, said:

I wish your mom a quick recovery!

If i get a chance to watch an Asian Tour event in Thailand live, now i have another guy to root for (quite a drive from Bangkok to the events tho).  I have played the courses they used for AT Q-School, and those are tricky iirc.
And a late welcome to Thailand, the country is a little rough around the edges, but we managed to produce guys like Prayad, Thongchai and Kiradech who can contend anywhere.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 09:39 AM

Sorry to hear about your mom I hope she makes a speedy recovery.  The cowards behind it will get there's in the end.  

Best of luck on the Asian Tour thats great news and a great accomplishment.  Play well and stay aggressive !
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 12:58 PM

Best of luck on your journey and best wishes for a speedy recovery for your mom.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 01:24 PM

Where will you be basing yourself out of for the season?
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 01:53 PM

Best wishes for mom. You have a lot of strength and character.

Congratulations and best of luck.

How's the food?!


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 02:55 PM

 HoffTTM, on 16 January 2016 - 01:24 PM, said:

Where will you be basing yourself out of for the season?
California. A lot of weeks on the road for tournaments.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 02:56 PM

 bscinstnct, on 16 January 2016 - 01:53 PM, said:

Best wishes for mom. You have a lot of strength and character.

Congratulations and best of luck.

How's the food?!
I am such a picky eater the food is the hardest part for me. I hate and do not eat any fruits or vegetables. Never have and I probably never will so it's very difficult here.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 03:56 PM

 300_yard_drives, on 16 January 2016 - 02:56 PM, said:

 bscinstnct, on 16 January 2016 - 01:53 PM, said:

Best wishes for mom. You have a lot of strength and character.

Congratulations and best of luck.

How's the food?!

I am such a picky eater the food is the hardest part for me. I hate and do not eat any fruits or vegetables. Never have and I probably never will so it's very difficult here.

Gee, 300, that is picky.  Your body needs that stuff.

Thanks for sharing your journey, though.  Thoughts to your mother, and best wishes for you.  Keep us posted.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 04:08 PM

Well done!!! Huge accomplishment, especially given your circumstances leading up to first stage.  Hoping for a speedy recovery for your mother, and I'll be following your adventure closely. Please keep us all posted throughout the season!
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 04:25 PM

You rocking any WRX decals or headcovers?


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 05:21 PM

That's an awesome achievement 300! With all that going on before you got out there, to have the ability and mental toughness to get through it all is fantastic. You are clearly a real credit to your mum. I hope her recovery is going well, having you over there, doing what you are doing will undoubtedly make her beyond proud.

Do you plan on staying in Asia or will you be going back and forth depending on your schedule?
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:51 PM

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You rocking any WRX decals or headcovers?
no wrx anything on my bag but if they sent me some stuff I would definitely rock it!

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:56 PM

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That's an awesome achievement 300! With all that going on before you got out there, to have the ability and mental toughness to get through it all is fantastic. You are clearly a real credit to your mum. I hope her recovery is going well, having you over there, doing what you are doing will undoubtedly make her beyond proud.

Do you plan on staying in Asia or will you be going back and forth depending on your schedule?
I'm planning on playing as many weeks in a row between ADT and the Asian tour. The category you get from q school unfortunately only gets you spots in the full field asian tour events, maybe a few others but I'm not too sure. I know my first guaranteed start is in Feb in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have an outside shot at getting in the event in Myanmar, but if I don't get into that I will play an event in Kuala Lumpur instead. I want to do PGA and Web.com Monday qualifiers this summer back in the states. I have tried 5 web.com Mondays as a professional, got in 2 and missed a playoff by1 twice. So I feel pretty good about doing that back home, but the tours in North America are awful compared to Asia, unless you are on the web.com or PGA tour.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 12:29 AM

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I have had multiple requests to talk about my golf explorations, but I haven't really had that many experiences other than a couple web.com events I have played in and small local tournaments. But now I have some stuff to share. The thing I love about golfwrx is the community. You have so many different types of people from around the world with one common interest/passion/hobby, and that's golf. I love golf. I can never have too much nor have I ever felt too burnt out from golf, but I am about to put that to the test this year. In October I signed up for Asian Tour qualifying in Thailand. I had never been to Thailand, but i knew my game was strong and i wanted somewhere to play for 2016. I had about $4000 saved up in my bank account and the entry was only $2000. Sweet! I thought, I could somehow manage. I spent another $500 on my one way airfare to Thailand and started preparing extra hard for my upcoming qualifying this January. Now if I said everything I encountered between signing up and leaving to Thailand was usual I would be lying. I had the most tragic day of my life between then. On December 2nd I was caddying and the starter from the golf course came rushing out to me to escort me off the course on the 7th tee. It was a members winter tournament and it was very strange why this happened. Shortly after I went into his cart he picked me up in, he informed me that my now fiancée had called the course to inform him that my mother had been shot. Yes, my mother was a victim of the terrorist shooting in San Bernardino. That rocked my world. I was devastated. At that time I had no idea whether she was dead or alive and all I could do while frantically rushing to San Bernardino was Google search the shooting. I was reading about how there were many people dead and my heart sank. I thought my mom had died. She was shot twice in the pelvis shattering it into hundreds of pieces. Luckily she somehow survived and she is improving every day. Needless to say I did not have the most productive month before my qualifying to prepare. My mind was jumbled. I could not focus on the course or practice tee. I was a complete mess. Part of me wanted to back out from qualifying tournament, but I didn't.  I spent many days helping my parents doing whatever they needed before my journey to Asia. I left on December 30th to Hua Hin, Thailand. I had two stages of qualifying to endure if I wanted to earn my Asian tour membership. Something I was determined to get. I started out the first stage of qualifying with a smooth -3 68. I was sitting in good position, but stumbled a bit my second round shooting a +4 75. I was very upset. I did not want to come all this way to be bounced out on the first stage.  I continued to hit the ball horrifically for the last two days of 1st stage but I chipped and putted out of my mind. I was in the zone around the greens and nothing was going to stop me from advancing. Not even poor ball striking. I finished the first stage with a -1 70 then E 71. I finished only 4 strokes back of the leaders, but also just 3 strokes ahead of the 1st stage cut to final stage. Final stage was where the big boys belonged. I had made it but I still wasn't finished. There were 240 players at final stage, many of whom have played many years on the Asian Tour. You had to finish in the top 40 and ties to get your card for the 2016 season. I started the tournament off hitting the ball exceptional. I didn't putt as well as 1st stage but I shot a smooth -2 69 the first round. That was the start I wanted. Get it in the 60s and stay under par. I unfortunately didn't hit the ball as well the next two days but I managed to shoot -1 70 the second round and E 71 the 3rd round. I was sitting at -3 and tied for 27th place. I was in a good position but it was very tight place. Only one stroke ahead of the top 40 I knew I had to have a respectable final round to secure my card. I started today off quite poorly. I was 2 over thru 9 holes and sitting outside the top 40 with 9 holes to go, but that didn't faze me one bit. I didn't feel any pressure at that point. I just told myself to play golf. I went out that back 9 and hit every green and shot 3 under with my sole bogey being a 3 putt from 60ft. I shot a final round -1 70 to finish -4 total. 1 shot clear of the number necessary to finish in the top 40. My fluid motion factor training had paid off. I was clutch and it felt effortless. I earned my 2016 Asian tour card. I was in tears. After everything I had been thru the last month and a half I did what I had set out to do. I felt so proud of myself. Along with the Asian tour I can also play the Asian Developmental Tour (ADT) to fill out my schedule while I am here. I have 3 ADT events coming up back to back to back and then I am off to Bangladesh to play in my first Asian tour event in February. I am going to keep posting on this thread to talk about my travels and adventures I come across this next month. Please don't be scared to ask any questions or give support (or hate...I love that me against the world mindset). I love golfwrx and I thought it would be awesome to share my journey with you.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 12:50 AM

So sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she recovers quickly. Congrats on making it through and getting your card!!! Awesome job!!

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 04:07 AM

I cant beleive your mom was ine of those affected by the san bernadino shooting. What a tragic event. If you ever get back to old ranch cc hit me up. Id live to catch a round with you. Best of luck and thanks for sharing.

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#27 300_yard_drives

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 07:53 AM

View Postkekoa, on 17 January 2016 - 04:07 AM, said:

I cant beleive your mom was ine of those affected by the san bernadino shooting. What a tragic event. If you ever get back to old ranch cc hit me up. Id live to catch a round with you. Best of luck and thanks for sharing.
I will be out there when I return from Asia. We definitely have to get a round in together.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 09:40 AM

View Post300_yard_drives, on 16 January 2016 - 11:56 PM, said:

View PostMattyO1984, on 16 January 2016 - 05:21 PM, said:

That's an awesome achievement 300! With all that going on before you got out there, to have the ability and mental toughness to get through it all is fantastic. You are clearly a real credit to your mum. I hope her recovery is going well, having you over there, doing what you are doing will undoubtedly make her beyond proud.

Do you plan on staying in Asia or will you be going back and forth depending on your schedule?
I'm planning on playing as many weeks in a row between ADT and the Asian tour. The category you get from q school unfortunately only gets you spots in the full field asian tour events, maybe a few others but I'm not too sure. I know my first guaranteed start is in Feb in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have an outside shot at getting in the event in Myanmar, but if I don't get into that I will play an event in Kuala Lumpur instead. I want to do PGA and Web.com Monday qualifiers this summer back in the states. I have tried 5 web.com Mondays as a professional, got in 2 and missed a playoff by1 twice. So I feel pretty good about doing that back home, but the tours in North America are awful compared to Asia, unless you are on the web.com or PGA tour.

That sounds awesome! It's certainly a boost that you have options with where you can play. Often seems to be the case that a lot of young guys end up stuck with not a lot of options with regard to places to tee it up. Do you have thoughts with regard to the European circui?. Seems like a lot of guys from the States look at the Chellenge Tour as a good option as well.
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Posted 17 January 2016 - 06:42 PM

View PostMattyO1984, on 17 January 2016 - 09:40 AM, said:

View Post300_yard_drives, on 16 January 2016 - 11:56 PM, said:

View PostMattyO1984, on 16 January 2016 - 05:21 PM, said:

That's an awesome achievement 300! With all that going on before you got out there, to have the ability and mental toughness to get through it all is fantastic. You are clearly a real credit to your mum. I hope her recovery is going well, having you over there, doing what you are doing will undoubtedly make her beyond proud.

Do you plan on staying in Asia or will you be going back and forth depending on your schedule?
I'm planning on playing as many weeks in a row between ADT and the Asian tour. The category you get from q school unfortunately only gets you spots in the full field asian tour events, maybe a few others but I'm not too sure. I know my first guaranteed start is in Feb in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have an outside shot at getting in the event in Myanmar, but if I don't get into that I will play an event in Kuala Lumpur instead. I want to do PGA and Web.com Monday qualifiers this summer back in the states. I have tried 5 web.com Mondays as a professional, got in 2 and missed a playoff by1 twice. So I feel pretty good about doing that back home, but the tours in North America are awful compared to Asia, unless you are on the web.com or PGA tour.

That sounds awesome! It's certainly a boost that you have options with where you can play. Often seems to be the case that a lot of young guys end up stuck with not a lot of options with regard to places to tee it up. Do you have thoughts with regard to the European circui?. Seems like a lot of guys from the States look at the Chellenge Tour as a good option as well.
European q school is definitely on my radar for this fall. I just want to play on a well run tour. I could care less where it is. The challenge tour isn't bad but the money is lacking a bit for an American to travel out there. European tour and Asian tours are really both trying to grow and have many co-hosted events which will make it more of a world tour. Which is part of the reason I came to Asian tour qualifying. I thought it would be a good time to try and play here.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 07:07 PM

Hey, would you mind PMing me your name, so I can check out how you do this year.
FYI: I think it's cool, that you're following your dreams. Best of luck to you.


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