Rosenfeld among qualifiers for Asian Tour

Matthew Rosenfeld celebrates after winning the 2000 U.S. Junior.

Matthew Rosenfeld celebrates after winning the 2000 U.S. Junior.

Matthew Rosenfeld, the 2000 U.S. Junior champ who has overcome his fair share of struggles in his young career, was among the notable names to make it through Asian Tour Q-School on Saturday.

Rosenfeld tied for ninth, shooting 278 at Springfield Royal Country Club in Hua Hin, Thailand. He finished three shots behind medalist Artemio Murakami of the Phillippines, who beat Holland’s Guido Van der Valk in a playoff.

Rosenfeld was one of five Americans to finish in the top 40 and earn cards for this season; Sean Shahi (T-11), David Johnson (T-18), Corey Harris (T-23) and Ben Fox (T-25) were the others.

Among the others to earn cards were former USC All-American Tim Sluiter and ’02 AJGA player of the year Seung-Su Han, who both tied for fifth. Former UCLA All-American Lucas Lee also earned a card.

Jean Van de Velde, former U.S. Walker Cup player Ed Loar and former Pac-10 champ Daniel Im were notables that finished outside the top 40.

Rosenfeld played the Adams Golf Pro Series, Hooters Tour and Gateway Tour in ’09, and made one Nationwide Tour start (MC at Athens Regional Foundation Classic). He has never had status on either the PGA Tour or Nationwide Tour since finishing his career at Texas in ’06.

“I’m really happy that something good is happening for him,” John Fields, the men’s coach at Texas, said of Rosenfeld. “He has tremendous love for the game, and it’s been pretty cruel to him.”

Rosenfeld was the AJGA player of the year in ’00. He was medalist at the U.S. Junior at Pumpkin Ridge, then beat current PGA Tour player Ryan Moore in the final.

Rosenfeld struggled with his game the following season, and began searching for answers. He switched teachers, going from Hank Haney protege Steve Johnson to David Leadbetter. Rosenfeld switched to Jim Hardy during his senior year at Texas and is still working with him, according to Fields.

Rosenfeld has always had a stellar short game, Fields said, but lost control of his driver. Despite struggling throughout his senior season – he ranked 483rd in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, a fall of almost 450 spots – he was able to win the Big 12 Championship at Southern Hills.

“It’s just perseverance,” Fields said. “He’s a bulldog. I don’t think he’s ever thought about quitting. I don’t think it’s in his vocabulary.”

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