Meet the Golfer: Shaun Malone

By: Simon Reynolds

Shaun Malone captured the Phuket pro-challenge this year

Shaun Malone captured the Phuket pro-challenge this year

A golf professional on the Asian Development Tour during the last 2013 – 2014 season, finishing the year in 34th position on the Order of Merit, earning himself $5,540 in total prize money from 14 events.

From the 30th January – 2nd February Shaun Malone competed in the first stage of the Asian Tour School Q-School, at Imperial Lakeview Golf Club in Thailand, shooting: 71 – 72 – 75 – 67 (-3) finishing in T-18th progressing to the final stage of Q-School. Progressing one step further on his quest as a professional golfer.

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 02.01.1985
Place of Birth: Albany, Western Australia
Previous Professional Tour Win(s): 2007 Cambridge Open UK Professional event, as an amateur.

How long have you been playing golf?
I took up the game when I was 2, starting swinging the club with my old man. However, I did not take it seriously until the age of about 11. So I have been developing my game for the last 17 years.

When did you turn professional?
In 2010, I qualified for the Alps Tour and played mini tours in the UK. My first full year was in 2013 where I played on the Asian Development Tour.

The 2013 ADT schedule has taken you to countries all over Asia, playing some fantastic golf courses. Which was your favourite course this year?
The Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Taiwan was incredible, the course in North Taiwan was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and was a real pleasure to play, and stands out in my memory amongst the rest.

What are your hobbies outside of golf?
Surfing, being in the water always makes me happy and cooking has a way of relaxing me after long days on the golf course

What is your goal for the upcoming 2014 season?
I will be heading to the Asian Tour Q-School ‘first stage’ on the 29th of January at Hua Hin in Thailand, to play for a chance to earn a spot of the upcoming Asian Tour season. Plan B would be a fall back schedule on the upcoming Asian Development Tour season for another exciting season.

Can you explain to our aspiring professionals who read Golf Indonesia how you gain a place to compete at the Asian Tour Qualifying School?
You just enter, you have to qualify through the ‘first stage’, which is open to all players who pay the entry fee and play golf to a certain standard. For example, if you are an amateur they have a criteria in what you have to do. As a professional you just turn up pay your entrance fee and compete in the first stage.

So you finished the 2013 ADT Order of Merit in 33th position and making $5,540 from 14 events – is it tough to motivate yourself for Q-school the following season? What will keep you motivated for the coming season?
It is my dream to be a professional golfer, in the highest level, around the world. Money is what keeps you in the game and keeps you moving forward however, it’s not what drives me. When you focus on the things you can control and believe it’s possible, then you won’t be denied. So when life knocks you down, you jump up and say “It’s not over until I win.”

About Simon Reynolds

Simon fell in love with the game of golf at an early age. Watching Happy Gilmore when he was 12, Simon was hooked, and to this day thanks Adam Sandler's genius in the film for his passion for the game. His golfing hero is more refined and mature these days, and he continues his spiritual quest to model his golf game on Ben Hogan's perfect golf swing.

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