Jae Choi of Wildemere, Ca. and All-American from U. of New Mexico shot a -6 (66) to lead the first round of the second stage of the Japanese PGA Tour Qualifying School by 1 shot. Jae was playing well and in a good position when his ball hit a sprinkler head on his drive on the 15th fairway and bounded out of bounds. The unfortunate “rub of the green” rule applies and Jae finished the 2nd round with an even par 72. He was -2 before the 15th hole. Jae has 2 more rounds to complete the 2nd stage and is currently at -6 midway through this stage.
Jae attributes his good play on his change in practice habits since arriving in Japan in July. Jae has spent most of 7-8 hours per day working on his game. In the past, practice was just a “part” of the day. Jae told George (Pinnell) late Tuesday night by phone, the practice is paying off and now he is more committed than ever. Jae said, ” it doesn’t matter whether you are playing for a tour card, an SCPGA tournament or just practicing, you have to give it your best effort to get the BEST RESULTS.”