Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, September 9: Reading sports psychology books has helped aspiring Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan edge into contention for a coveted Asian Tour card through the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
The 24-year-old Arie enjoyed a second top-five performance in his last three starts in Sabah last weekend and will be hoping to push on for a breakthrough ADT victory when he competes in the RM250,000 (approximately US$80,000) PGM MNRB Sarawak Championship which starts at the Sarawak Golf Club tomorrow.
Currently the highest ranked Malaysian on the ADT Order of Merit in 14th position, Arie intends to keep his foot on the pedal to achieve his goal of finishing in the top-five of the rankings which will be worth an Asian Tour card in 2015.
“My game is feeling good. I’m getting myself into contention recently and I feel I’m getting closer to winning on the ADT,” said Arie.
“I’ve been reading a lot of sports psychology books and it’s help me in my approach towards golf. Now, I’m just letting things happen on the golf course instead of trying to force things to happen.
“My trainer has a saying “Better Everyday” and that’s all I can try to do. I feel that I’ve gradually improved my game playing on the ADT and hopefully I will continue to improve,” added the young Malaysian.
Arie will have to contend with an international field which includes eight of the current top-10 players from the ADT Order of Merit.
Second-ranked Brett Munson of the United States, Thai duo Pavit Tangkamolprasert and Sattaya Supupramai, who are third and fourth respectively, and the fifth-ranked Ireland’s Niall Turner are expected to sparkle at the Sarawak Golf Club.
The powerful Sattaya was triumphant in Sabah which propelled him into contention for an Asian Tour card.
Turner, who has won once in Indonesia this season and finished runner-up in Sabah, is determined to maintain his position and earn his card on the Asian Tour for next season.
“That’s the goal … to stay up in the top-five,” said the towering 31-year-old, who played two seasons on the Asian Tour in 2011 and 2012. “I’ve been striking the ball really well since winning in Indonesia and it’s been due to the fact that I’ve been injury free which allows me to work on my game.
“I’ll try to get another good result this week. The golf course here looks challenging but I’m sure we’ll be up for it. I finished well in Sabah but I felt like I didn’t putt well enough.”
Singapore’s rising stars Koh Deng Shan and Choo Tze Huang, ranked 19th and 25th respectively on the ADT rankings, will also be shooting for a high finish in Sarawak to move into contention for a top-five finish on the Merit list.
Since its inauguration in 2010, the ADT has grown from five events in the first year to a record 20 tournaments in 2014. All ADT events also receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points which is a boost for the game in the region.
Source: Asian Tour