2014 ADT set to stage a minimum 17 events

Thu 19 Dec 2013

2014 ADT set to stage a minimum 17 events

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Kuala Lumpur, December 19: Malaysia will host the highest number of Asian Development Tour (ADT) events in 2014 while the fledging Tour is expected to break new ground in Sri Lanka in the new season.
Malaysia will form the core Schedule for the 2014 ADT season by hosting a total of 12 events in the country, thanks to the strong partnership with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour.
The US$60,000 Jakarta Classic will be staged from July 17 to 20 while ore ADT events are planned across the region with one additional event in Chinese Taipei, Jakarta and Sri Lanka which will be announced in due time.
Through these expected minimum events, a total prize purse of more than US$1,110,000 will be on offer in 2014.
The ADT has been a huge success since its inauguration in 2010 as the top-three players at the end of the season will earn prized Asian Tour cards for the following year.
This season, Malaysia staged a total of 10 out of a record 16 events and the impact of the ADT was testament with the success of Nicholas Fung, Iain Steel and Danny Chia, who won a combined total of four ADT titles in the same year.
Fung was the toast of the 2013 season when he won the PGM-UMW Templer Park Masters in June and enjoyed three second place results and three other top-10s which propelled him to the top of the ADT Order of Merit.
By sharpening his game on the ADT, the young and talented Malaysian gained the confidence to earn a 2014 Asian Tour card by finishing inside the top-60 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Fung also made giant leaps on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as the ADT started to offer valuable world ranking points in 2013. Winners on the ADT will receive a minimum of six world ranking points while the top six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
Fung moved up from 1416th to 235th position in a span of 12 months after notching 33.24 world ranking points courtesy of his superb performances on the Asian Tour and ADT.
Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han praised the vision of PGM Tour Chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji, who has been instrumental in creating more playing opportunities in Malaysia.
“The ADT is delighted to continue its strong partnership with the PGM Tour which has yielded much success for our players and the Malaysian golfers. Nicholas Fung has been the standout performer this season and I would like to wish him more success when he plays on the Asian Tour next season,” said Han.
“There are many talented players in Malaysia and we are delighted to share the same goals with Tun Ahmad Sarji, who has been in the forefront to development the game of golf in the country and across the region.”
The ADT was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011 and 13 last year. By the time the 2013 season concludes in January, it would have offered a record 16 tournaments.
Players who play in the 2014 Qualifying School presented by Sports Authority of Thailand are eligible to play on the new ADT season.
Asian Development Tour 2014 Schedule (Malaysia)
Feb 25-Mar 1: PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship, Harvard GCC, RM200,000 (approx. US$60,000)
Mar 12-15: PGM CCM Rahman Putra Championship, Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia, RM200,000 (approx. US$60,000)
Apr 24-27: PGM Lada Langkawi Championship, Gunung Raya GR, RM250,000 (approx. US$65,000)
May 7-10: PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship, Glenmarie GCC, RM200,000 (approx. US$60,000)
May 21-24: PGM Maybank Johor Championship, Johor GCC, RM200,000 (approx. US$60,000)
June 11-14: PGM UMW Templer Park Championship, Templer Park CC, RM200,000 (approx. US$60,000)
July 17-20: Jakarta Classic, TBA, US$60,000
Aug 14-17: PGM Terengganu Championship, Resorts World Kijal, RM200,000 (approx. US$60,000)
Sept 3-6: PGM Sabah Championship, Sabah GCC, RM250,000 (approx. US$65,000)
Sept 10-13: PGM MNRB Sarawak Championship, Kelab Golf Sarawak RM250,000 (approx. US$65,000)
Sept 24-27: PGM Pahang Championship, Royal Pahang GC, RM200,000 (approx. US$60,000)
Nov 5-8: PGM Putrajaya Championship, Palm Garden Golf Club, RM200,000 (approx. US$60,000)
Dec 3-6: PGM MIDF KLGCC Championship, Kuala Lumpur GCC, RM250,000 (approx. US$65,000)
TBA: ADT Sri Lanka
TBA: ADT Chinese Taipei
TBA: ADT Jakarta
TBC: ADT Philippines
TBC: ADT Philippines
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading three players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.