Inside Golf : Inside Golf February 2015
on tour www.insidegolf.com.au | February 2015 27 Hend’s home away from home AsiAn Tour AUSTRALIAN MADE BETTING PROUDLY SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN GOLF BetEasy.com.au Download OUR BRAND NEW state of the art App TO ACCESS QUICK LINKS to all the latest Golfing Markets Pr o ud S p o ns o r o f I t’s a classic tale about conquest which young Aston and McLaren Hend would love their motorsport- loving dad to tell over and over again. Daddy is after all a multiple winner on the Asian tour and he made the headlines again by defeating Philippines’ Angelo Que in a play-off to win the Hong Kong Open last year. It was scott Hend’s sixth win on the region’s premier tour and first in a co- sanctioned event between the Asian tour and European tour. the 41-year-old Australian’s success story can be traced to his early days when he earned his Asian tour card by finishing second in Qualifying school in 2006. With his twins only two years old then, the Florida-based Australian made a big sacrifice by trying his luck at the Asian tour Qualifying school, having managed two seasons on the PGA tOUR in 2004 and 2005 with limited success. Hend made an immediate impact in his rookie year with a runner-up finish at the season-opening Pakistan Open before going on a glorious run where he would enjoy five top-10s in 19 starts. Hend’s sparkling debut on the Asian tour earned him the 2007 Rookie of the Year award and it would be a year later in 2008 that he earned his maiden breakthrough at the Pertamina Indonesia President Invitational. After a four-year drought, Hend returned to his winning ways with his second tour victory in singapore in 2012. the Australian capped a memorable year in 2013 by bagging a treble of victories in thailand, Chinese taipei and Macau before adding a sixth in his latest triumph in Hong Kong. Apart from enjoying the glitzy skyscrapers in singapore and Hong Kong, bustling nightlife in Macau, culinary delights in thailand and cultural insights in Malaysia, Indonesia, and India, Hend has now found a home away from a home. “ the Asian tour has been a fantastic place for me to be in. this is the tour in the region and in my eyes it is the only tour in the region.” It is a fantastic breeding ground of the young players and the middle aged players such as myself. Everyone wants to come out and forge a good living and play in good tournaments and try to move to the next level. this is a great place to be and a place to play on,” said Hend. Like his long-hitting game where he has been dominant in the Driving Distance category on four occasions since 2009, Hend’s stay on the Asian tour is for the long haul despite the abundance of opportunities around the world. “ You know, I’ll play a lot in Europe but I’ll also try to fulfill my minimum tournaments here in Asia and support the Asian tour as much as I can. I feel that’s a very important thing to do. so I’ll have a pretty busy schedule but it’s one to look forward to try and play in,” said Hend. In their home in Florida, Hend knows his twins will be following his every shot, every movement wherever he is around the world. He misses them but like his commitment to the Asian tour, Hend will always remain the dedicated and loving father. “ this one (Hong Kong Open victory) is for my kids. they have been sending me music messages the last three mornings. so yeah, it’s very much to be treasured. they spend a lot of time without me. they have had to do the hardship without me being there and me being away playing golf. so it’s for them.” • Story and photo courtesy of The Asian Tour.
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