ADT: ADT hopefuls aim to set alight PGM UMW Sabah Classic

Fri 30 Aug 2013

ADT: ADT hopefuls aim to set alight PGM UMW Sabah Classic

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Sabah, Malaysia, August 30: The race to finish inside the top-three on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit at the end of the season will heat up when the PGM UMW Sabah Classic tees off next week.
With the prestigious 2014 Asian Tour cards at stake, players will be eager to prove their worth when they head to Sabah for the RM180,000 (approximately US$60,000) ADT event, which is the 12th leg on the 2013 ADT schedule.
Malaysia’s Iain Steel, who currently leads the ADT Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$34,872 after recording two consecutive wins and Nicholas Fung, winner of the PGM-UMW Templer Park Masters in Malaysia in June, are tipped to spearhead the home charge at the Sabah Golf and Country Club from September 4-7.
Fung and Steel, who hail from Sabah, will have much to play for as they aim to boost their Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) where they are currently placed 509th and 521st respectively.
A victory in Sabah will give them a shot at qualifying for the World Cup of Golf if they can break into the top-340 bracket by September 23.
The duo will also be vying to become the best-ranked Malaysian on the OWGR so as to secure a spot at the lucrative CIMB Classic in October.
Other likely local contenders include Shaaban Hussin and Airil RIzman, who finished second at the PGM Terengganu Masters last week, as well as Rashid Ismail, who won the SapuraKencana National Qualifier on Wednesday to stake his place at the CIMB Classic.
American James Bowen, Canadian Lindsay Renolds and Grant Jackson of England, who are ranked second, third and fifth on the ADT Order of Merit respectively, will lead the international field which includes Australian Darren Tan, England’s Peter Richardson and Zhi Shang from China.
Other ADT hopefuls include Indonesia’s George Gandranata and Singaporean Koh Deng-shan.
They are among the strong international line-up at the PGM UMW Sabah Classic, which is one of the ten ADT events held in Malaysia this year.
A total of 114 players will compete in the PGM UMW Sabah Classic next week, with the field being split between the ADT and Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM Tour).
The PGM UMW Sabah Classic, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGM Tour, will raise this season’s ADT events to a record of 15 tournaments.
All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to determine the field for the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne in November and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
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.
The ADT was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011 and 13 last year. It has proven to be a successful platform for upcoming players to gain entry into the region’s premier Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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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.