I first heard about the new Thailand Pro Tour through Facebook a couple of weeks ago. A few of my Thai based golfing buddies were making some noise about a new golf tour starting up with talk of some serious prize funds to be played for. What was first known as the Chang Tour seems to have taken a different direction with a number of other sponsors coming forward but the buzz around the new tour has continued to grow.
Despite entering the qualifying school almost as soon as I heard about it my entry was placed onto a growing reserve list which meant I couldn’t make any travel arrangements until I received a call on Sunday afternoon saying I was in! What followed was a hectic couple of hours of booking flights, packing and rushing to the airport with my Scottish friend Pete Mclachlan who also climbed his way up from the reserve list.
An Egypt Air flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 10pm touched down in Bangkok around 11.15, we then found a private car which whisked us a further 3 hours north to the course. Narai Hill Golf Resort is the venue for this weeks qualifying school and it was a well needed few hours of sleep last night before getting a look at the layout during today’s practice round.
The course is tricky with a number of crucial tee shots that can make or break your chances on the par 5’s. Large undulating greens are made even more challenging by the subtle changes in grain that take some serious reading. Having said that the course is playing fair and is in excellent condition so I’m looking forward to getting out there tomorrow at 12.20pm (yes, that’s my name spelt wrong on the draw sheet)