ZIMBABWEAN golfer Benjamin Follett-Smith is over the moon after successfully securing his Asian Tour card for the 2020 season following his victory at the qualifying school at the Lake View Resort and Golf Club in Thailand over the weekend.
The 23-year-old finished top of the class after two previous attempts with a score of 15-under-par 340 after 90 gruelling holes.
With his tour card in the pocket, Follett-Smith will now be allowed to take part in most tournaments on the Asian Tour without going through the strenuous pre-qualifiers.
“It’s amazing to win this. There are so many positives to take away from this week. It’s just one of the biggest for me.
“This was exactly what I wanted to do. Nothing has really sunk in yet. It’s just been tough,” Follett-Smith told the Asian Tour website yesterday.
“I had a tough stretch after winning on the Sunshine Tour last year.
“But coming here and win the Asian Tour Qualifying School just proves to me that I am actually good enough. It’s a huge thing for me personally.
“There’s so much more to say but I’m happy with the way I played.”
Follett-Smith is now following in the footsteps of compatriot Scott Vincent, who also earned his stripes on the Asian Tour.
“I read a book called ‘Fearless Golf’ recently and I think it kind of put things in perspective for me.
“I realised I need to start playing for myself and not other people so I won’t worry about what others are thinking.
“That got to me and I was able to go out there and enjoy my golf,” he said.
“It’s been an incredible week.
“Scott Vincent, obviously, has done this before and look where he is now.
“It’s a big thing for me to try and follow his footsteps and be as good or better one day. Just stay positive and stay in the present.
“One shot at a time and make sure I’m aware of the wind and making those two and three-footers.
“Those three-foot putts, the time they need and 100 percent concentration.”