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#31 cehb

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 07:45 PM

Best of luck in Asia, I'll be caddying in a few events this year so our paths may cross :) Hoping for a speedy recovery for your mother too, I can't imagine what you went through.

Haven't looked at the AT and ADT dates but if you have a week or two off it might be worth looking at the tournaments down here on the Australasian Tour. Not huge money but it's a very cheap trip from SE Asia and a very well run tour on some excellent courses. Your AT status would probably get you a tournament invite to a number of events.


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Posted 17 January 2016 - 08:20 PM

View PostNCHACK85, on 17 January 2016 - 07:07 PM, said:

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.
I don't mind sharing with everyone. My name is Nicolas Paez.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 08:22 PM

View Postcehb, on 17 January 2016 - 07:45 PM, said:

Best of luck in Asia, I'll be caddying in a few events this year so our paths may cross :) Hoping for a speedy recovery for your mother too, I can't imagine what you went through.

Haven't looked at the AT and ADT dates but if you have a week or two off it might be worth looking at the tournaments down here on the Australasian Tour. Not huge money but it's a very cheap trip from SE Asia and a very well run tour on some excellent courses. Your AT status would probably get you a tournament invite to a number of events.
Thanks for the heads up. I played with quite a few Aussies at q school who play out there. They said the same thing you did. I will look into it.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 11:46 PM

Most importantly, I hope your mom makes a full recovery. If you make it out to Singapore, please let me know if I can help with anything, even if it's just food recommendations!

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 12:27 AM

Well done, you must have a solid mental game.

What kind of money can be made on the Asian tour? Will you be able to cover your costs with winnings or will you need some sponsors.

BTY: love your answer about the WRX gear - spoken like a true pro! :taunt:

Sorry to hear about your Mom, but I am sure she the proudest person around.


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Posted 18 January 2016 - 12:48 AM

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 02:43 AM

Just a follow up - any chance you are playing in the SMBC+ in Singapore at the end of the month? If so, I could be very tempted to take a few days off and caddy for you - I've played Sentosa a few times #shameless

Other places I would play would be:

Myanmar (just because my wife is from there, but accommodation will not be as cheap as you would think - let me know if you need help with this one as we have some property tie ups out there)

Hua Hin (Thailand) - nice course, and cheap place to visit

Perth, if you are already in SE Asia, is not far away flight wise and is quite cheap to reach

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 04:07 AM

View PostBingo1976, on 17 January 2016 - 11:46 PM, said:

Most importantly, I hope your mom makes a full recovery. If you make it out to Singapore, please let me know if I can help with anything, even if it's just food recommendations!
I am in Singapore now. Got assigned an awful caddy today. Played Raffles country club. The caddy Lost my towel and left a bunch of trash in my bag. I'm staying in Boonlay west area in an airbnb. Also, I unfortunately won't get in the CIMB in Singapore. The category you receive from q school doesn't get you in that event.

Edited by 300_yard_drives, 18 January 2016 - 04:14 AM.


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Posted 18 January 2016 - 04:12 AM

View Post2bGood, on 18 January 2016 - 12:27 AM, said:

Well done, you must have a solid mental game.

What kind of money can be made on the Asian tour? Will you be able to cover your costs with winnings or will you need some sponsors.

BTY: love your answer about the WRX gear - spoken like a true pro! :taunt:

Sorry to hear about your Mom, but I am sure she the proudest person around.
I can definitely make money out here, but right now I am paying for everything out of pocket. If you finish top 60 on the money list you get full status for the following season. Last year 45 guys made over $100,000 from earnings on course playing between 10-18 events and #60 made $66,000 playing in 14 events. I don't have any sponsors or anything yet. Everything is out of pocket and unfortunately I don't have deep pockets. I tend to find a cheap room on airbnb to stay. I am in the process of trying to find and hire an agent.

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 04:28 AM

View Post300_yard_drives, on 17 January 2016 - 06:42 PM, said:

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.

Nice one! Looking forward to hearing how you get on throughout the year. Best of luck :)

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 07:53 PM

View Post300_yard_drives, on 18 January 2016 - 04:07 AM, said:

View PostBingo1976, on 17 January 2016 - 11:46 PM, said:

Most importantly, I hope your mom makes a full recovery. If you make it out to Singapore, please let me know if I can help with anything, even if it's just food recommendations!
I am in Singapore now. Got assigned an awful caddy today. Played Raffles country club. The caddy Lost my towel and left a bunch of trash in my bag. I'm staying in Boonlay west area in an airbnb. Also, I unfortunately won't get in the CIMB in Singapore. The category you receive from q school doesn't get you in that event.

You aren't too far from me - I stay in West Coast (near Clementi). Are you in town for long?

If you do decide to play in Myanmar, my wife's company can help out with arranging visas - just drop me a PM if you do need any help with this, as I am not sure if the AT does all of this for you, and Myanmar is still a bit of a funny place to visit.

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 07:56 PM

View PostBingo1976, on 18 January 2016 - 07:53 PM, said:

View Post300_yard_drives, on 18 January 2016 - 04:07 AM, said:

View PostBingo1976, on 17 January 2016 - 11:46 PM, said:

Most importantly, I hope your mom makes a full recovery. If you make it out to Singapore, please let me know if I can help with anything, even if it's just food recommendations!
I am in Singapore now. Got assigned an awful caddy today. Played Raffles country club. The caddy Lost my towel and left a bunch of trash in my bag. I'm staying in Boonlay west area in an airbnb. Also, I unfortunately won't get in the CIMB in Singapore. The category you receive from q school doesn't get you in that event.

You aren't too far from me - I stay in West Coast (near Clementi). Are you in town for long?

If you do decide to play in Myanmar, my wife's company can help out with arranging visas - just drop me a PM if you do need any help with this, as I am not sure if the AT does all of this for you, and Myanmar is still a bit of a funny place to visit.
Thanks! If I get in I will definately PM you. I have my room booked through Saturday, but I may have to find somewhere for Saturday night. I leave for KL by bus on either Sat night or Sunday morning.

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 11:14 PM

View Post300_yard_drives, on 18 January 2016 - 07:56 PM, said:

Thanks! If I get in I will definately PM you. I have my room booked through Saturday, but I may have to find somewhere for Saturday night. I leave for KL by bus on either Sat night or Sunday morning.

Please do - when I say my wife's company - we run it, and we can help fix up most things in Yangon if you can give us a bit of notice - it's what we do anyway, and I am sure we could help you out.

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 11:32 PM

View Post300_yard_drives, on 18 January 2016 - 04:12 AM, said:

View Post2bGood, on 18 January 2016 - 12:27 AM, said:

Well done, you must have a solid mental game.

What kind of money can be made on the Asian tour? Will you be able to cover your costs with winnings or will you need some sponsors.

BTY: love your answer about the WRX gear - spoken like a true pro! :taunt:

Sorry to hear about your Mom, but I am sure she the proudest person around.
I can definitely make money out here, but right now I am paying for everything out of pocket. If you finish top 60 on the money list you get full status for the following season. Last year 45 guys made over $100,000 from earnings on course playing between 10-18 events and #60 made $66,000 playing in 14 events. I don't have any sponsors or anything yet. Everything is out of pocket and unfortunately I don't have deep pockets. I tend to find a cheap room on airbnb to stay. I am in the process of trying to find and hire an agent.

How does an agent work at your level, do they just to a cut of your winnings.

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 11:51 PM

View Post2bGood, on 18 January 2016 - 11:32 PM, said:

View Post300_yard_drives, on 18 January 2016 - 04:12 AM, said:

View Post2bGood, on 18 January 2016 - 12:27 AM, said:

Well done, you must have a solid mental game.

What kind of money can be made on the Asian tour? Will you be able to cover your costs with winnings or will you need some sponsors.

BTY: love your answer about the WRX gear - spoken like a true pro! :taunt:

Sorry to hear about your Mom, but I am sure she the proudest person around.
I can definitely make money out here, but right now I am paying for everything out of pocket. If you finish top 60 on the money list you get full status for the following season. Last year 45 guys made over $100,000 from earnings on course playing between 10-18 events and #60 made $66,000 playing in 14 events. I don't have any sponsors or anything yet. Everything is out of pocket and unfortunately I don't have deep pockets. I tend to find a cheap room on airbnb to stay. I am in the process of trying to find and hire an agent.

How does an agent work at your level, do they just to a cut of your winnings.
No idea. I am so new to this stuff. I assume gets % of money raised from getting bag/clothing/ and other types of sponsorships and a cut of winnings. I don't really care, I just need money to play out here this season.


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Posted 19 January 2016 - 07:29 AM

Thank you for sharing your story and I look forward to following you as you take on your dreams. Best of luck.
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Posted 19 January 2016 - 10:49 AM

View Post300_yard_drives, on 18 January 2016 - 11:51 PM, said:

View Post2bGood, on 18 January 2016 - 11:32 PM, said:

View Post300_yard_drives, on 18 January 2016 - 04:12 AM, said:

View Post2bGood, on 18 January 2016 - 12:27 AM, said:

Well done, you must have a solid mental game.

What kind of money can be made on the Asian tour? Will you be able to cover your costs with winnings or will you need some sponsors.

BTY: love your answer about the WRX gear - spoken like a true pro! :taunt:

Sorry to hear about your Mom, but I am sure she the proudest person around.
I can definitely make money out here, but right now I am paying for everything out of pocket. If you finish top 60 on the money list you get full status for the following season. Last year 45 guys made over $100,000 from earnings on course playing between 10-18 events and #60 made $66,000 playing in 14 events. I don't have any sponsors or anything yet. Everything is out of pocket and unfortunately I don't have deep pockets. I tend to find a cheap room on airbnb to stay. I am in the process of trying to find and hire an agent.

How does an agent work at your level, do they just to a cut of your winnings.
No idea. I am so new to this stuff. I assume gets % of money raised from getting bag/clothing/ and other types of sponsorships and a cut of winnings. I don't really care, I just need money to play out here this season.

You might be on to something (unintentionally) with this thread. Sponsorships don't only have to do with performance, but have to do with people following you and you being able to project a certain image (Bad boy, maverick, kid next door etc). Just from this thread you seem you would be a fan favourite and will gain a following, play well on the course and you will have an attractive combo for an agent and sponsors.

Which the best of luck, I would love to follow your play over a few years and see you in the show one day.

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 07:31 PM

Crazy story, bes of luck! Would it be weird to ask to see a vid of the sing? Especially being you absolutely smash on it lol

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 07:43 PM

Having given your situation some more thought, and especially with regards to the sponsorship, have you thought about keeping a blog on GolfWRX?

You have access to about 200,000 members who are golf junkies, and who seem to have an endless fascination with the latest equipment - I would imagine a regular blog talking about your journeys in Asia would be 1. interesting 2. a good way to get equipment companies interested in giving you free gear at least, if not $$$$.

Crowd-funding would be another way - even if you get 1,000 people to put in 50 bucks each, you'd have enough cash to get through the year I would hope.

Finally, and this is less altruistic, would you be interested in wearing our company logo on your hat if I were to get some made up (you can tell me what brand colour and style you like). We are a 2 year start up with more outgoings than incomings at the moment, so I can only offer help in Myanmar and a hat with our (stylish) logo on it at the moment. You can drop us the moment you get some proper endorsements, but I thought it would at least be a start (and you would be doing us a huge favour). I don't want to breach any forum rules on advertising, but given that we specialize in relocating expats to Myanmar, it would be quite a good tie up for us.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:01 AM

View PostBingo1976, on 19 January 2016 - 07:43 PM, said:

Having given your situation some more thought, and especially with regards to the sponsorship, have you thought about keeping a blog on GolfWRX?

You have access to about 200,000 members who are golf junkies, and who seem to have an endless fascination with the latest equipment - I would imagine a regular blog talking about your journeys in Asia would be 1. interesting 2. a good way to get equipment companies interested in giving you free gear at least, if not $$$$.

Crowd-funding would be another way - even if you get 1,000 people to put in 50 bucks each, you'd have enough cash to get through the year I would hope.

Finally, and this is less altruistic, would you be interested in wearing our company logo on your hat if I were to get some made up (you can tell me what brand colour and style you like). We are a 2 year start up with more outgoings than incomings at the moment, so I can only offer help in Myanmar and a hat with our (stylish) logo on it at the moment. You can drop us the moment you get some proper endorsements, but I thought it would at least be a start (and you would be doing us a huge favour). I don't want to breach any forum rules on advertising, but given that we specialize in relocating expats to Myanmar, it would be quite a good tie up for us.
Right now Callaway gives me free equipment. The tour reps are the best in the business. I have already got in contact with their Asian Tour rep and he sent me gloves and hats for my next tournament because I didn't plan on staying for 6 weeks when I originally came out here. I'm about to post an update of today's round. I just finished the 1st round of my first ADT event. I can ask Callaway send you some hats where you can put your logo on the side for now. I don't mind helping others out, especially when they have offered their services to me. I appreciate all the help I can get and I love helping others out too.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:26 AM

First ADT round in the books. I fired a 69, which isn't bad but I left the course a bit frustrated. I get to the course this morning and they ran out of caddies, so I had to carry my bag for the first hole. No biggie, especially because I love carrying my own bag but they typically do not allow players to do so, because in events where you earn world golf ranking points caddies are a must. After I finished the first hole, a rules official comes driving out to me with a guy to caddie for me. He was a nice kid in his 20s but he had never step foot on a golf course in his life. I had to teach him and baby sit him the entire round. He would be walking right behind me and others right as they were going to hit, making noise at inappropriate times, and was so tired and slow I had to wait for him to catch up before every shot. After all of this I still had to pay him $80 for the day. I started off par on the first hole, then on the second hole I found the rough and had a mud ball. My second shot knuckled instantly and clipped a tree branch and plugged in the upslope infront of the green. We were searching and searching for it and just before my 5 minutes were up, I found it. Lucky me. I thought I had a lost ball on the second hole. I made a great up and down and the stuck it on the 3rd hole and made the putt. Under par early. Just the start I wanted. I made par the next 3 holes and on the par 3 7th hole I left my 7 iron out to the right and it plugged in the bunker. With water behind the green and about 25ft of green to work with I managed to hit it out and two putt for bogie. No big deal. Still even par with a par 5 upcoming. On the 8th hole I smoothed a driver and hit a 3i 20ft from the hole, just one inch onto the fringe. I saw the line and drained it. I pared the 9th hole and turned at 2 under. I was feeling good and on 10 I stuck a wedge to 3ft and burned the lip. Needless to say I wasn't very happy. The next hole I hit my drive into the rough and hit a safe wedge shot to 25ft. I left my first putt way short and missed the par putt. Another bogie, but this one was stupid. I then went birdie birdie to recover from the bogie and pared 14 and 15. 16 was the last par 5 of the day and I hit a good drive in the middle, but I had a tweener yardage over water and I had been hitting my wedges very well so I layed up and hit a wedge to 7ft and made it for birdie. I pared my 17th hole and on 18 I hit a perfect cut down the middle and pulled my 9 iron about 23ft left of the pin but still on the green. I got a little too aggressive on my birdie and almost made it but ran it just thru the break on the high side and missed the come back putt. 69. Not a bad start to my first tournament out here, especially baby sitting my caddie the whole round. The grass out here is unlike anything I have ever played on in the USA. I would call it cow grass. It looks like weeds back in the states. Hopefully I keep it going and get better every round.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:45 AM

Since I'm assuming you also get to try a lot of call away equipment what are your thoughts on this year's offerings.
Maybe a WITB.
You playing the new chrome soft?
Would love to see a pic.

Once again, good luck and I'm gonna really enjoy following your journey through these mini tours and hopefully onto the big tour
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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:58 AM

View Postlilmike24, on 20 January 2016 - 01:45 AM, said:

Since I'm assuming you also get to try a lot of call away equipment what are your thoughts on this year's offerings.
Maybe a WITB.
You playing the new chrome soft?
Would love to see a pic.

Once again, good luck and I'm gonna really enjoy following your journey through these mini tours and hopefully onto the big tour
I haven't switched yet. I still have gear from last year. Not a big club ho anymore. I'm going to their performance center in Carlsbad to try all the new stuff and get fit for everything next month. Excited to hit all the new stuff. They make everything custom for me so I'm like a kid in a candy store. Really like the look of that XR sub zero. I haven't tried to new chrome soft yet either. I like the sr3. Its not the longest ball, but my distance control with it is spot on, but I'm going to try it out after this stretch of tournaments.
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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:08 AM

Nicolas, best of luck and hoping for a speedy and full recovery for your Mother! Thank you for sharing and I will be following your season. I'm going through a life situation at the moment (self imposed) BUT I am working my butt off to give the Asian Tour Q School a run next year. Your story is inspirational, thank you!

Go low, and take care!

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:17 AM

View PostPalauan Hammer, on 20 January 2016 - 04:08 AM, said:

Nicolas, best of luck and hoping for a speedy and full recovery for your Mother! Thank you for sharing and I will be following your season. I'm going through a life situation at the moment (self imposed) BUT I am working my butt off to give the Asian Tour Q School a run next year. Your story is inspirational, thank you!

Go low, and take care!

-TJ-
Thanks, and good luck to you too. Hope to see you out there!


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:42 AM

Hugely inspirational story.  It's a testament to your resolve and your ability that you managed to get your card after all that happened.  

Safe to say that we'll all be rooting for you and hoping that you do well.  Stay hydrated out there and take out some stock in Deet.
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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:01 AM

View Post300_yard_drives, on 20 January 2016 - 01:26 AM, said:

The grass out here is unlike anything I have ever played on in the USA. I would call it cow grass. It looks like weeds back in the states. Hopefully I keep it going and get better every round.

I imagine that might become quite a familiar problem, just going from my personal very limited experiences of playing in Asia. The not so modern/expensive courses will not necessarily have been seeded with traditional golf course grasses, played somewhere near Krabi, Thailand which was very much like you describe.
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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:22 AM

View PostHoffTTM, on 20 January 2016 - 06:01 AM, said:

View Post300_yard_drives, on 20 January 2016 - 01:26 AM, said:

The grass out here is unlike anything I have ever played on in the USA. I would call it cow grass. It looks like weeds back in the states. Hopefully I keep it going and get better every round.

I imagine that might become quite a familiar problem, just going from my personal very limited experiences of playing in Asia. The not so modern/expensive courses will not necessarily have been seeded with traditional golf course grasses, played somewhere near Krabi, Thailand which was very much like you describe.
Yes I am aware of that. Most ADT courses will be similar to these conditions while the Asian tour events will be hosted on courses with much better conditions. They play lift clean and place in closely mown areas in majority of ADT events to make it more about the golf and not getting lucky/unlucky with lies.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:07 AM

SE Asia can be really fickle weather wise. Humidity, sweat, and rain will be in the picture a lot. Be prepared for that.

We're in el niņo right now so the usually cool January til mid February weather is replaced by extreme heat. Hydrate during the day then try a few of the local beers at night. Asia has surprisingly good beers.

Good luck.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:11 AM

Btw one of my home courses is cow grass and it is really difficult to play from when there is any amount of moisture. The blades are big and strong. Anything not a full shot when the lie is not perfect can be iffy.

Most of my success on cow grass has been low bounce irons but the leading edge must NOT be sharp.


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