ron Smith of Australia enjoyed a flying start in his rookie season on the Asian Tour when he was in contention at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters before finishing tied second. In this latest Know Your Graduate series, he talks about playing on the Asian Tour, his goals in golf and his preparations before a round of golf.
What made you want to play on the Asian Tour?
It is close to home and it’s my rookie year so I thought it would be good to stay close to home where I’ll be able to see my coach and trainer regularly.
How do you feel now that you have secured the Asian Tour card for 2014?
That was pretty good. It was nice to secure your card and get a job for the year. You don’t have to think about anything else and just play golf now.
When did you start playing golf and what sparked your interest?
I started when I was about three. My dad was the one who got me into it.
What made you decide to turn professional?
I thought I was ready. I turned pro last year. I played for Australia and it was just a natural progression for me.
What would you be doing if you were not a pro golfer?
Probably working behind a bar!
How long did it take you to reach single handicap?
I was probably around 10 when I got to single handicap.
What are your goals in golf?
I’d like to secure my card for this year which I’m almost there. Long term goal is to be number one in the world.
What is the toughest part of being a rookie on the Asian Tour?
Just getting to know everything and everyone and getting used to playing in different countries.
If you’re not playing golf, what would you be doing?
How do you prepare before a round?
I would have breakfast or lunch, stretch, go to the range and hit some putts.
Who is your inspiration? Is there anyone whom you would like to thank for helping you to get to where you are now?
Adam Scott. He is definitely an inspiration.
What is your number one distraction on the golf course?
How would you celebrate if you won a tournament?
I’d go home and have a party and probably won’t remember it!
Country : Australia
Residence : Brisbane
Date of Birth : August 18, 1993
Family : Single
Turned Pro : 2013
AMATEUR WINS: (4) 2013 Australian Amateur Championship, 2012 Australian Junior Championship and 2012 Australian Strokeplay Championship, 2011 Nomura Cup individual title.