Teenage rising golf star Jazz Janewattananond from Thailand is looking forward to the 2014 Queen’s Cup Golf in Koh Samui next week as he continues his push for a maiden Asian Tour victory.
The 18-year-old Jazz has fond memories of the Santiburi Samui Country Club as he posted his first ever top-10 on the region’s premier Tour at last season’s edition, finishing tied fourth on the famous holiday isle which is renowned for its sandy white beaches and holiday resorts.
The career breakthrough proved to be Jazz’s launch pad as he went on to notch two other top-10 finishes and a joint 12th outing to end his 2013 campaign in 30th place on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit with US$111,812 in winnings.
The slender Thai has continued to reinforce his growing reputation with a tied fifth finish at the recent CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters and joint eighth at the ICTSI Philippines Open and is now aiming for another top performance in his fourth appearance at the Queen’s Cup, which is staged in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, from June 5 to 8, 2014.
The Santiburi Samui, which is nicknamed the Beast of Samui, has proven to be a demanding test of golf for the Asian Tour stars over the years due to its tight layout and punishing hazards. Jazz reckons the best way to deal with the course is to hit it as straight as possible on every tee shot.
Jazz, who holds the record of being the youngest player to make the cut on the Asian Tour in 2010 at the age of 14 years old, is prepared to bide time in his search for a first tournament victory in the region.
With full exempt status, he enjoyed the opportunity to compete in the co-sanctioned events with the European Tour in Malaysia and Singapore earlier this year and made the cut in both before enjoying strong finishes in Indonesia and the Philippines.
Jazz has certainly found new fans thanks to his exciting brand of golf and youthful swagger. His Thai first name is Atiwit but he changed it due to his father’s liking to jazz music.
Compatriot Thongchai Jaidee, who played with Jazz on a couple of occasions last season, said: “Jazz is a very good player but he needs more experience. I have no complaints about his game and he will learn by playing with big players like us. He is a good player and very young, so he has plenty of time to learn. He will be the golfer to look out for in the future. He practices very hard and if he continues playing like this, he will be a superstar.”
Source: Asian Tour